This world-class aeronautical museum is also the official visitor center to NASA’s adjacent Johnson Space Center, which is itself Mission Control for the U.S. Space program. Space Center Houston opened in 1992, giving the public a more insider view of the incredible space programs next door, with hands-on displays like an interactive mock-up of a communications console, NASA artifacts like the Lunar Rover Trainer which was used to prepare astronauts for space travel, a five-story theater, and behind-the-scenes tram tours of Johnson Space Center (included in general admission). One of the world’s only remaining lunar landers is at the Space Center making it one of the best things to do in Houston. Genuine space buffs should spend the extra money for the exclusive four to five hour Level 9 Tour, but it’s only on weekdays. You’ll get to hold the red phone in the historic Mission Control, where they guided Apollo 13 back home after astronaut Jack Swigert said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” plus see the current Mission Control, and the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where astronauts may be training.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Attractions & Landmarks, Science & Technology, Educational
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