Registration fee: $99
Space Center Houston is packed to the brim with amazing exhibits, theaters, virtual reality games, and interactive displays. This behind-the-scenes Space Center Houston tour includes a visit to all the the attractions Space Center Houston has to offer including a private tram tour of NASA’s working government facilities. You will depart from the hotel at 12:00 pm (box lunch available on the bus), tour the space center and then arrive back at the hotel around 5:00 pm.
Read about some of the attractions you will visit below.
Independence Plaza: Independence Plaza is the newest international landmark, offering an experience like nothing else in the world. Visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. It is the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both. Multiple exhibits grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration.
Starship Gallery: The journey into space begins with the film “On Human Destiny” at the Destiny Theater. Artifacts and hardware on display in the Starship Gallery trace the progression of America’s Manned Space Flight. This incredible collection includes: an original model of the Goddard Rocket; the actual Mercury Atlas 9 “Faith 7” capsule flown by Gordon Cooper; the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper; a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, and the giant Skylab Trainer.
NASA Tram Tour: With this behind-the-scenes journey through NASA’s Johnson Space Center, you may visit the Historic Mission Control Center, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility or the current Mission Control Center. Before returning to Space Center Houston, you can visit the “all new” Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park. Occasionally, the tour may visit other facilities, such as the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
Astronaut Gallery: The Astronaut Gallery is an unparalleled exhibit outside Northrop Grumman Theater featuring the world’s best collection of spacesuits. Astronaut John Young’s ejection suit and Judy Resnik’s T-38 flight suit are two of the many spacesuits on display. The walls of the Astronaut Gallery also contain portraits and crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.