Special Events

Visit during one of our special events and engage in additional activities.

Meet an Astronaut Every Friday

They’ve been to outer space, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour…Now they’re coming to Space Center Houston and you can meet them and hear about their out-of-this world adventures on Fridays! This is included in your admission price so don’t miss out! The Astronauts will present at 11 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. with a 30-minute presentation and Q&A. Location varies; please visit the Information Desk upon arrival to find out the location.

Thought Leader Series: Let’s talk NASA

Space Center Houston will host a conversation with NASA Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Lightfoot holds the agency’s highest-ranking civil servant position and has received numerous awards during his remarkable NASA career, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership medal. His appearance is a part of the ongoing celebration of Space Center Houston’s 25th anniversary Thought Leader Series.

Before he was named the Acting NASA administrator, Lightfoot played a critical role in NASA’s space operations, exploration and science missions. At NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, he was tasked with oversight of the Space Shuttle Program budget and was a test engineer and program manager. In this Space Center Houston guest speaking event, you can hear about the impact Lightfoot’s decisions have made on the future of human space exploration.

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Watch the solar eclipse at Space Center Houston

Get ready for an event America has not witnessed in 38 years! On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will trail North America, passing from Oregon to South Carolina.

During the eclipse, Space Center Houston will have a day full of activities. Guest speakers from NASA Johnson Space Center will be talking to guests on the topics of eclipses, components of the sun both visible and non-visible, solar weather and how it affects earth. Space Center Houston will have eclipse viewing areas for safe solar viewing at Independence Plaza and Zero-G Dinner Patio.

Inside the center at our Pop-Up Science Labs, guests can create their own eclipse projector and experiment with spectroscopes to learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum and how it works during an eclipse. NASA’s livestream of the eclipse will be displayed on screens inside the center. This way, guests will still be able to experience the eclipse in the event of overcast or rainy weather.

A limited number of solar viewing glasses will be provided to safely observe the total eclipse of the sun, and other viewing opportunities such as sunspotters will be available. The eclipse will occur between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Looking directly at the sun even during an eclipse without proper eye protection can seriously injure your eyes. That is why it is recommended to either wear special glasses or create a projector to view this phenomenal phenomenon.

After the upcoming event, the next total solar eclipse will be April 8, 2024.