Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058
Independence Plaza

Independence Plaza.

Photo credit: By Alex Ruddick (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Space Center Houston is a science and space learning center, and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Houston. It features more than 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, and theaters dedicated to preserving the history of America’s spaceflight program. Starship Gallery includes three flown spacecraft, moon rocks and a full-scale Skylab Trainer. The Independence Plaza complex has the world’s only Space Shuttle replica mounted on the original shuttle carrier aircraft. It is the only place where the public can enter both vehicles. The Mission Mars exhibit focuses on the work NASA is doing to plan for future travel to Mars.

The general public can visit Johnson Space Center only via Space Center Houston’s open-air tram tour. The tour includes Building 30, location of the Historic Mission Operations Control Room 2 and Chris Kraft Mission Control Centers; Building 9, location of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility; and Rocket Park with a restored Saturn V rocket.

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