For over 40 years, the Houston Space Center has been the starting point for all of the astronaut training programs. Over 3000 people have started their careers here. The center is the home of over 400 exhibits, experiences, and space artifacts. Among the exhibits included in general admission tickets are the Starship Gallery, Mission Mars, the NASA Tram Tour,
Watch this video about the amazing Apollo landmark moon landing in 1969.
I visited this year because it is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landmark moon landing on July 20, 1969 when I was in 8th grade! Astronaut Michael Collins orbited the moon in the command and service module as his crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon, cementing an incredible first for human history.
As the home to Mission Control, “Houston” was the first word spoken on the Moon. When the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, named Eagle, landed on the surface of the Moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong said, “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
Neil Armstrong is also responsible for this famous quote “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” when he first walked on the moon.
Near the front entrance, you can take your picture with Neil Armstrong’s space suit.
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Our space and science exploration learning center has more than 400 things to see and do. We have the largest collections of spacesuits and Moon rocks on public display in the world.
The center features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, exhibits and experiences and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike.
Take a NASA Tram Tour where you can visit the Johnson Space
Center (JSC) and get a behind-the-scenes look at space exploration.
There are multiple experiences that you may enjoy based on which iconic locations you want to visit and the amount of time you have available. Every tour has the option to visit Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed, along with other rockets that propelled space exploration.
ASTRONAUT TRAINING FACILITY TOUR
Walk an elevated path through the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility in Building 9 where NASA astronauts train for current missions and where scientists and engineers are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.
MISSION CONTROL CENTER TOUR
Visit the iconic Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control and discover the Apollo Mission Control Center from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the momentous first lunar landing mission as well as early space shuttle missions.
During some weekends and holidays, in the Mission Control, flight controllers monitor activities on the International Space Station.
Starship Gallery at Space Center Houston is home to multiple flown spacecraft and national treasures. Get an up-close look at some of the most amazing artifacts that trace the progression of human space exploration including the Apollo 17 Command Module.
An Apollo astronaut needed a spacecraft to travel to and from the spacecraft orbiting the Moon to the lunar surface. The Lunar Module was created for this part of the mission. It was used as a base camp to support life on the Moon including rests after walking on the Moon.
Remember, “The Eagle has landed”
The astronaut in the foreground of the patch below resembles the extraordinary photos Armstrong took of fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface.
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