Special Events

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

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 Information Desk upon arrival to find out the location. Enhance your experience with Lunch with an Astronaut.

Explore NASA robotics, spacesuits and more at Technology Day

Discover the technology NASA is researching and using to explore the cosmos at Space Center Houston’s Technology Day April 27. Hear from NASA experts on a variety of topics including robotics, spacewalk operations and hardware, planetary science and mission architecture. These presentations are included with general admission.

NASA READy (Relevant Environments for Analysis and Development) Overview | 10-10:30 a.m.

  • Marc Reagan, Exploration Mission Planning Office
  • Trevor Graff, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division
  • David Coan, Extravehicular Activity Office

Meet NASA’s READy experts who develop and execute high fidelity exploration scenarios to mimic space environments, including spacewalk (EVA) operations, planetary science and mission architecture.

NASA Robotics: From Space Station to Mars | 12-12:30 p.m.

  • Kimberly Hambuchen, Robotics Principal Technologist, NASA JSC
  • Josh Mehling, Robotics Controls Technical Discipline Lead, NASA JSC
  • Bill Bluethmann, Resource Prospector Rover Lead, NASA JSC
  • Michael Wright, Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator Subsystem Manager, NASA JSC

Space exploration missions require complex vehicles, habitats, robotic assistants and self-sufficient spacecraft systems. Robotic arms help move large objects in space. Robotic spacecraft explore other worlds. Robotic airplanes fly without a pilot aboard. Explore the next generation of robotics from the experts designing and programming NASA’s humanoid robots, lunar rovers and International Space Station arms.

The Evolution of Spacesuits | 2-2:30 p.m.

  • David Hughes, Senior Planner NASA EVA Office
  • Jonathan Miller, Exploration Suit Development NASA EVA Office

Get a look at past, present and future spacesuits from the experts who are researching and designing them. Discover the colorful history and evolution of the one-person spacecraft needed for spacewalking, including current spacesuit development in support of future exploration. Learn about significant innovations discovered during NASA’s journey to improve spacesuit fit, mobility and reliability.

In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU): Living Off the Land in Space | 3-3:30 p.m.

  • Aaron Paz, ISRU Engineer, Propulsion and Power Division

The Moon and Mars are now known to have significant quantities of water and other resources. Explore NASA’s ongoing efforts to harness resources on other worlds and enable sustained human presence.