Space Center U®

Ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Have you wondered what it takes to travel and live on Mars? Do you want to engineer your own robotic rover and launch a rocket?

Come behind the scenes with Space Center U®, the ultimate educational experience, and get a taste of space exploration!

Space Center U is a challenging five-day program offered year-round. The program promotes teamwork, problem solving, communication and engineering solutions to space related situations. It is designed to develop and improve critical thinking skills, fiscal responsibility, creativity and the drive to be successful.

Program Activities

New programs
Space Center U is expanding to include new programs for students ages 11-14, educators and people with visual impairments. Participants will experience interactive and engaging activities and challenges that explore space science.

Combining classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks, Space Center U simulates astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences. Space Center University® students will discover areas such as robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats.

Participants will be inspired as they conduct experiments, collaborate to find solutions and go behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the world’s largest underwater training facility. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony celebrating the students’ accomplishments and an exclusive Brunch with an Astronaut.

Participants meet daily, Monday through Friday, at Space Center Houston from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Will you make the cut? There is only one way to know. Space is limited, so sign up today.

A completed and signed registration form is required along with a non-refundable administration fee to book your group. To register, contact Reservations at +1 281-283-4755 or fill out the registration form and email it to

Space Center U participants

Students from every continent in the world except Antarctica have participated in Space Center U including students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

World map indicating Space Center U participate countries

In the news

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April 30, 2018
Houston Chronicle article about Space Center U

For more information, please read the Space Center U frequently asked questions, call +1 281-283-4755 or email