Space Center Houston
Operations Order 2018-10
Earn your wings at Space Center Houston’s first Military Campout Oct. 20. Active military, veterans and Gold Star families can camp next to artifacts that have furthered human space exploration and join in hands-on, team-building activities. Hear from an astronaut with a military background, build model rockets, explore robotics and train for spaceflight. Activities cover an array of difficulty levels to excite visitors of all ages.
Did you know 216 out of 375 astronauts have served their country through military service? Get an inside look at how military astronauts train for space exploration missions at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Construct a robotic hand and program and operate a rover in our Robotics Challenge Arena. Build your own rocket and then see how high you can launch it. Train like an astronaut and learn about spacewalks, solving problems and crew assembly. Tour Starship Gallery, home to multiple flown spacecraft, astronaut training models, one-of-a-kind artifacts and more.
- Active duty, veteran service members and their families
- Space Center Houston and NASA experts
- Astronaut guest speaker
- Veteran nonprofit organizations
- Honored guests for recognition
- Family members to have fun
Mission Statement: Strengthen your family ties, meet other military families and return home with memories that will last a lifetime!
Concept of operations
On Oct. 20, military veterans and their families will enjoy an evening of STEM and space exploration related activities with Space Center Houston and NASA experts, sleep among real flown spacecraft and wake up to enjoy a private tram tour of Johnson Space Center, the home of astronaut training and a working NASA facility.*
Pricing and registration
Cost is $59.95 per participant.*
*Second-day general admission ticket to Space Center Houston included, which offers private tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center. Buffet dinner and breakfast included in price.
5:30-6:15 p.m. Buffet dinner served in Zero-G Diner
6:30-7:15 p.m. Welcome show and astronaut speaker
7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Rocket build
8:15-10 p.m. Activities throughout Space Center Houston
10 p.m. Rocket launch in front of Space Center Houston *Rocket launch subject to change due to weather
10:15 p.m. Indoor campers bring in luggage
11 p.m. Lights out
7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast served in Zero-G Diner
8:15 a.m. Large-screen film in Space Center Theater
9 a.m. Two options:
Option 1 (Requires use of second-day ticket)
- Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
- Return at 10:30 a.m. to explore Space Center Houston
Option 2 (Allows second-day ticket to be used another day)
- Shopping time in SpaceTrader gift shop
- Depart for home
Please note that the above schedule is subject to change without notice. During days of high visitation for the center, the large-screen film may be canceled to allow the NASA Tram Tour to depart at 8:15 a.m. Length of tram tour and locations visited vary depending on the season.
IV. Service support
Materials and services
- Guests must bring their own sleeping bags and toiletries (see helpful tips below)
- For special accommodations, please contact email@example.com.
- Buffet dinner included on Oct. 20
- Buffet breakfast included on Oct. 21
*Menu in helpful tips and information below
Helpful tips and information
- Backpacks, duffle bags or small roller suitcases (carry-on size is ideal)
- Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (Sleeping pads go under sleeping bags and are highly recommended as air mattresses are not allowed. The floor is carpeted, but is still hard.)
- Pillows and extra blankets because the center gets cold, even in summer
- Basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and hair brushes (wet wipes are a great way to freshen up since we do not have showers)
- Comfortable clothing and walking shoes
- Jacket or sweater no matter what time of year you are visiting
- Charging banks (There are some outlets available in the sleeping area and around the center, but an outlet near a sleeping location is not guaranteed.)
- Money for souvenirs
- Food and snacks if you have food allergies or are unable to partake in the provided meals (NO food or drinks can be consumed in sleeping areas)
- Medical and media forms for every child and adult (parent/guardian must have the required forms readily available at the campout
- Air mattresses and cots (The only exception to this rule is if you or someone in your party has a medical condition. If you did not already request to bring an air mattress or cot in the comments section of your registration, please email Reservations or the program coordinator.)
- Glow sticks (Flashlights and phone lights are acceptable.)
- Electrical hair appliances such as blow dryers, straighteners, curling irons, etc.
Tell us if you need to bring a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine so that we can place you near an outlet.
If you have any food allergies, you can view the current menu and list of ingredients that will be offered during the campout on our website at any time. If you need to bring your own food, you may do so.
Our instructors and campout staff will not administer medication. If a child is bringing prescription medicine that needs to be taken during the camp, then his/her parent/guardian must administer it.
If your camp is less than six weeks away, and you are not able to attend, you can reschedule individuals or your entire group and apply your ticket(s) to another campout. If Space Center Houston cancels your camp due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, you can receive a refund or apply your tickets to another campout date.
Rescheduling your campout date can be done by calling Reservations at +1 281-283-4755. Please note that all dates are subject to availability.
- If you are crossing through downtown Houston, it is generally better to take the 610 Loop instead of Interstate 45 through that area.
- If your family is traveling in separate vehicles, make sure all drivers have a way to contact each other. All family members must be present in order to check in.
- Always check current weather and road conditions on official state websites.
- Sam Houston Tollway charges tolls but is quicker.
- In case of bad weather and road closures on major freeways, there are several alternate routes in the area to choose from.
- Remember to search for Space Center Houston and not NASA or Johnson Space Center on your GPS. Our address is 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058. We are located across the street from NASA Johnson Space Center.
- Tell the Space Center Houston employee at the parking toll booth that you are here for the campout. Parking is free for you and anyone else who is staying for the campout or dropping off and picking up.
- Check-in is at the special events building near the shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica. Look for our green flags.
- You will receive a welcome packet with wrist bands for everyone in your group as well as the itinerary for the evening, coupons for the gift shop, badge requirements met and a few other goodies.
- The gate will open early in the morning for anyone joining you on the second day.
- Garden salad with ranch dressing
- Baked penne pasta with mozzarella and marinara sauce
- Meatballs in marinara
- Garlic bread sticks (contains wheat)
- Assorted cookies
- Soda or water
- Fruit salad
- Scrambled eggs
- Mini pancakes with maple syrup and margarine
- Sausage patty (pork)
- Yogurt (contains dairy)
- Orange juice, apple juice or water for children. Coffee, soda and hot water will be available for adults only.
*Please note menus are subject to change. Check back the week of your campout for any changes.
Frequently asked questions
V. Command & signal
Registration can be completed online or through our Reservations Department by calling +1 281-283-4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the program please contact our education program coordinator at +1 281-244-2131 or email email@example.com.
Military astronauts in action
NASA and the military have a long history of collaboration and partnership. Explore the gallery below highlighting military astronauts, pilots, divers and others training and working in the field to further space exploration.
The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.