Space Center Houston is Houston’s top attraction for international visitors and the area’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. Discover the future and past of America’s human spaceflight programmed in the southwestern U.S. Something new is always happening. Space Center Houston has more than 400 space artefacts, including flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks, and multiple seasonal exhibits a year.
Mission Mars is our new red planet exhibit. Our new interactive exhibit features a virtual Martian sunset, a simulated Orion capsule, and Martian-inspired rock cliffs. Learn how to travel to Mars, what hardware will get us there, and how humans may live there in the next few decades.
Boeing’s Independence Plaza must-see. It’s the only place where visitors can enter both the shuttle replica and shuttle carrier aircraft. The eight-story, multiple-exhibit complex gives visitors a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and NASA breakthroughs and technological advances from the Space Shuttle Program.
Space Center must-see NASA Tram Tour is Houston’s top attraction. You can go behind the scenes at NASA Johnson Space Center. Rocket Park displays one of three remaining Saturn V rockets. From Mission Control, NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the first lunar landing. NASA astronauts train at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where scientists develop space exploration vehicles. Space Center Houston attracts more than 200,000 teachers and students each year. Year-round educational programmed like Space Center University teach students space science through immersive, hands-on activities.