Visit Houston's main attraction! Space Center Houston
Visit Houston's main attraction! Space Center Houston

Space center Houston is one of the main attractions in the city, which is the visitor’s center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center. From here they monitored several important missions, like the missions to the moon and also today this is where all the activities in the International Space Station are monitored.

This facility was used for training the 70’s to prepare astronauts for their work at Skylab, which was America’s first space station. Here are to the show 3 real spacecraft’s that went to space in different missions.


The center opened in 1992 and hosts more than 1 million visitors annually in its 250,000-square-foot educational complex. It is one of the top destinations in Houston holding the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The center holds over 400 space artefacts, permanent and travelling exhibits, attractions, live shows and theatres dedicated to preserving the history of America's human spaceflight program. It has a number of significant artefact galleries.

The center has extensive STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs for all ages and draws more than 200,000 students and teachers each year. It annually generates a $73 million economic impact, 925 jobs and $36 million in personal income in greater Houston.

Space Center Houston is the home of the one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza exhibit complex. This landmark attraction is the world's only shuttle replica mounted on the original shuttle carrier aircraft and the only place where the public can enter both vehicles. The shuttle replica Independence, formerly known as Explorer, previously was located at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex but was moved to make way for a new permanent attraction hall for Space Shuttle Atlantis. Independence is now displayed atop the retired Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905. On August 14, 2014, a heavy lift called The Rise of Independence was completed to place Independence on top of NASA 905. The plane was transported to Space Center Houston from Ellington Airport on April 30, 2014. The center opened the giant exhibit complex on January 23, 2016 at an estimated cost of US$15 million. The giant complex is the biggest project for Space Center Houston since opening in 1992.

The exhibit Mission Mars opened in January 2017 and was developed with the help of NASA. It focuses on the work NASA is doing now to plan for future travel to Mars. Mission Mars teaches visitors about the planet through a variety of activities that transport them to the Martian landscape, including a virtual reality wall, real-time weather forecasts and a Mars meteorite that guests can touch. Visitors also can see a full-size Orion linkresearch capsule, experience an Orion spacecraft simulator and get a look at the next generation of Mars rovers.

Now Don’t miss Space Center Houston’s most popular attraction, the NASA Tram Tour. This is your chance to go on site at NASA Johnson Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration. Explore Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed. Visit Historic Mission Control from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the first lunar landing. Discover the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train and where scientists are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles. The nonprofit Space Center Houston draws more than 200,000 teachers and students from around the world annually to take part in its extraordinary learning opportunities. Students train underwater like an astronaut and discover space science through immersive, hands-on activities in year-round educational programs like Space Center University.
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