Read the most frequently asked question about tram tour timed ticketing below.
If making your reservation after arriving at Space Center Houston, you can reserve your tour time either online on your mobile device, or at a timed ticket station, located at Guest Services Desk. There, a Crew Member can assist you in reserving a seat in one of the time slots still available that day.
First, when you enter the front doors visit the Guest Services Desk. There, a Crew Member can assist you in reserving a seat in one of the time slots still available that day.
The second option is to go to our website at spacecenter.org/timed-tickets and reserve a spot through your mobile device. Once you’ve done this, present the email confirmation with the electronic ticket (PDF) on your mobile device at the tram tour queue at your designated time. Timed tickets are limited on these tours, however, so it is better to reserve your tour time before you get to Space Center Houston to assure yourself a seat at the time of your choosing.
Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing: Experience the historic shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905 with the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence mounted on top. You can tour this international landmark at your own pace. We suggest allowing about an hour and a half to explore this innovative exhibit celebrating the Space Shuttle Program. Touch interactive displays, see NASA artifacts and learn about the legacy of the Space Shuttle Program. The one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza is the only place in the world where visitors can enter a shuttle replica mounted on top of the original space shuttle carrier aircraft.
Mission Mars: Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule and feel the texture of rock cliffs inspired by the red planet in this brand-new interactive exhibit. Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, what hardware will get us to the fourth planet in our solar system and how humans might live on the red planet in the next few decades.
Starship Gallery: Home to the majority of our artifacts, walk inside the massive Skylab Trainer Module where astronauts first trained for life in space. See multiple flown spacecraft including Gemini V, Mercury “Faith” 7 and Apollo 17. Touch one of only eight moon rocks on earth available for the public to touch inside our Lunar Vault.
Elsewhere around the center, marvel at the future of deep space exploration with the movie Journey to Space in our large screen theater or the film Human Destiny about the history of America’s space program, in Destiny Theater. Be sure to get your updates on NASA’s missions to Mars in Mission Briefing Center and see what life is like on the International Space Station during our Living in Space show.
We also have at least multiple large visiting exhibits that change throughout the year. There’s always something new at Space Center Houston.