Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is a science museum that is the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. It earned a spot as a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum in 2014 . The organization is owned by NASA and operated by the nonprofit Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Johnson Space Center is home to mission control and astronaut training. The center opened in 1992, replacing the previous visitor center in Building 2 of the Johnson Space Center. The museum covers an area of 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) and contains more than 400 space artifacts, including the Mercury 9, Gemini 5, and Apollo 17 space capsules. Space Center Houston is home to the Independence Plaza Exhibition Complex.
This attraction features the world’s only space shuttle replica mounted on one of the two original shuttle planes. Independence Plaza is the only place where the public can access both vehicles. Space Shuttle Replica Independence, formerly known as Explorer, was previously located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, but has been moved to the new permanent Space Shuttle Atlantis. Independence is displayed on the now-retired NASA 905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. On August 14 , 2014 , a heavy lift called The Rise of Independence was completed to place Independence on top of NASA 905. The aircraft was transported from Ellington Airport to the Houston Space Center. April 30, 2014 . Space Center Houston was briefly considered the home of one of the retired space shuttles, but the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and California Science Center were chosen instead. Don’t forget to check out this place in Houston too.
A NASA report showing the final score showed that the Houston Space Center ranked 10th out of 13 museums competing for three in orbit (not yet tied with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum). The Space Center Houston Learning Innovation Center is one of the nation’s leading research and education resources. Our programs are based on national science standards and focus on science, technology, engineering, and math to help adults and children think critically, learn about the past, present, and future of America’s spaceflight program, and build a better understanding of the world. The children we teach and inspire today may be among the first humans on Mars. If you are ever in need of home renovation or repair, click here.