Special Events

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Meet an Astronaut Every Friday and Saturday

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 and Saturdays! 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 Guest Services Desk upon arrival to find out the location. Enhance your experience with Lunch with an Astronaut.

Discover NASA’s virtual reality and simulation programs

Learn about some of NASA’s technological innovations and advancements from Angelica Garcia, simulation and software engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). The presentation is 11 a.m. Sept. 24 in the Mission Briefing Center and is included in general admission.

Garcia works in the Virtual Reality Laboratory training facility at JSC where astronauts complete system rescue scenarios with Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER). SAFER is essentially a “life jacket” for spacewalks that looks similar to a jet pack.

In the Virtual Reality Lab, Garcia also trains astronauts with mass handling and robotics operations. The lab is also the home of the Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics, the software used throughout JSC for multiple simulation systems.

Garcia studied aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and modeling and simulation at the University of Central Florida.

Take A Journey To Tomorrow With Documentary Premiere

Space Center Houston will host the premiere of a new documentary from Discovery, which shines a spotlight on the historic institution taking us to the Moon, to the surface of Mars, to the outer edge of our solar system and beyond.

Join us for the premiere 7 p.m. Oct. 4. This free event has limited seating and tickets must be presented at the door for entry.

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But more than a moving portrait of NASA’s many accomplishments in space, Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow also sheds light on the agency’s lesser-known area of focus— the vital role NASA has played in measuring the health of our home planet. However far NASA may travel, its gaze has always returned to Earth—monitoring our seas and skies, our ice and sands—in an ongoing struggle to meet today’s great challenge—protecting our planet.

Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Rory Kennedy, Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow examines the extraordinary ways NASA has changed not only our vision of the universe, but also our planet, and ourselves.

Kennedy is known for the Oscar-nominated documentary Last Days of Vietnam. She also won an Emmy for the TV documentary Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy will have a conversation following the screening with the audience.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey To Tomorrow launches Oct. 13 exclusively on Discovery and Science Channel.

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