This summer discover how astronauts train for human exploration of the Moon and Mars. Only Space Center Houston takes you behind the scenes to NASA Johnson Space Center, the home of astronaut training.

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Beyond Human Limits

Our highly interactive summer exhibit explores the parallels between astronaut training & extreme sports.

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Astronaut Experiences

Hear from a NASA astronaut every Friday and Saturday! Find out how space explorers train and prepare for life in orbit. Enhance your experience with Breakfast with an Astronaut to get a glimpse into the space program from an astronaut's perspective while enjoying a delicious breakfast catered by Wolfgang Puck.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

Walk underneath our twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and learn about this marvel of reusable space technology. On April 23, astronauts aboard a SpaceX Dragon Capsule launched to the International Space Station on a Falcon 9 rocket just like this one. The six-month mission will help us prepare for future mission to the Moon and Mars.

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Astronaut Training Artifacts & Experiences

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Skylab Trainer

Starship Gallery
Walk through the Skylab 1-G Trainer where astronauts trained for life aboard America's first space station. This massive artifact was designed to develop methods of long-duration space missions. Skylab bridged the gap between the Apollo era and the International Space Station. It's a testament to our drive to understand life in orbit.

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Orion Capsule

Mission Mars Exhibit
A future Orion service module atop the Space Launch System will return astronauts to the Moon as a part of NASA’s Artemis program. Peer inside a full-size Orion research model used by NASA Johnson Space Center and Lockheed Martin engineers to study ergonomics and emergency escape procedures.

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Space Vehicle Mockup Facility

NASA Tram Tour
Since 1980, every NASA astronaut has walked the floors of Building 9, the astronaut training facility and home of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. Astronauts train within this full-size classroom in the heart of NASA Johnson Space Center. It houses almost 200 training courses to help astronauts become familiar with spacecraft.

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Summer Events

Overnight Experiences May - August

Campout under our twice flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket or our historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 at our overnight experiences. Navigating through a space exploration journey, you will engage in science, technology and engineering related activities. Build your own rocket. Learn about spacewalks, and perform tasks and tests conducted by astronauts.

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Space Center University June - August

Train like an astronaut in Space Center U, our ultimate education experience, for ages 11-18. Discover areas such as robotics, rocketry, thermal protection systems and space habitats. Participants will be inspired as they engineer solutions to space related challenges, collaborate to find solutions and go behind-the-scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center.

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Train Like an Astronaut

Daily June 18-Aug. 8*
Use insights from astronaut training to unlock your capabilities and potential. Ages 4-12 can train like an astronaut this summer through interactive challenges. Complete an obstacle course, a puzzle, and agility training daily* at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Independence Plaza. Register onsite in advance the day of your visit.
*Weather permitted

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