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5 Reasons Why the Houston Space Center is so Unique

June 10th, 2016 by Pamela Murski

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Of all the things to do in Houston, few – if any – are as exciting as the Houston space center. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed outer space junkie, or just looking for a fun family outing,
Space Center Houston is an experience unlike any other. See real astronauts train, learn about the history of American space exploration with artifacts and exhibits, and much more! It doesn’t matter how old you are, the Houston space center is a fascinating attraction that you don’t want to miss.

5 Reasons Why the Houston Space Center is So Unique

1. Meet Real Astronauts

Reading about the men and women who brave the atmosphere outside of Earth is one thing, but why read about them when you can meet them? Space Center Houston isn’t simply a tourist attraction, it’s a real space center where astronauts train, and shuttles launch! Enjoy lunch with an astronaut, or attend a question and answer session every Friday. That’s reason enough to visit the Houston space center!

2. The Level 9 Tour

There’s no better way to see the inner workings of the Houston space center and the training that astronauts got through than with the Level 9 Tour. Go behind the scenes and see Mission Control, and much more. It’s an experience that will leave any outer space enthusiast floating.

3. The Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer

The astronauts that explored the Moon on Lunar Roving Vehicles didn’t jump behind the wheel for the first time when they stepped on the Moon. Instead, they prepared for their mission on the Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, and you can see that same vehicle on display at the Houston space center.

4. See a Full-Size Space Shuttle Replica

You’ve seen countless pictures and clips of footage of space shuttles launching, astronauts floating through ships in zero-gravity atmosphere, but have you ever seen exactly how big those ships are? You can when you see the Space Shuttle replica, true to size and detail.

5. Touch a Moon Rock!

According the Space Center Houston’s website, there are only 8 moon rocks in the world that you can touch, and one of them is in Houston! The Lunar Touchstone is a piece of the world beyond ours, and one of the most unique features of Space Center Houston.

Visiting the Houston Space Center

Covering all of the amazing attractions at Space Center Houston would take too long, so you’ll just have to see them for yourself! The Houston space center is open 7 days a week, but according to the space center’s website, these hours can change without notice.

General admission for adults is $24.95, $22.95 for senior citizens, and $19.95 for children. Certain features, like the Level 9 Tour, are available for an additional charge. If Space Center Houston is just one of the stops you have planned in Houston, consider purchasing the Houston CityPASS and get discounts to the Houston Zoo, the Downtown Aquarium, and more. Head to the Visitor Information page for more details.

The Houston space center is located at 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058.Visit them online or call 1 (281) 244-2100 for more information.

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