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    There is so much to see and do at Space Center Houston! Find out what it takes to explore, adapt and survive on a distant planet! Drive a space exploration vehicle, experience G-Force, fly a virtual drone and launch a rocket with our all-new exhibit, Planet Pioneers. Chart your own course to explore the cosmos. Explore, adapt and survive on a mission to colonize a new planet!

    Experience hands-on challenges to find water and oxygen, grow food in a foreign atmosphere and build shelter to survive the elements. Drive a 4-D Surface Exploration Vehicle, fly a virtual drone to solve environmental issues and experience the effects of g-force in a spinning capsule. Space Center Houston gives you the chance to face full-body challenges, pack the right equipment for the voyage, recruit crew members and learn about the surrounding planets in the solar system. Learn how resources can be conserved and what techniques may be used to grow fresh food to sustain astronauts and reduce payload.

    Experience Mission Mars: Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule and feel the texture of rock cliffs inspired by the red planet in our brand-new interactive exhibit, Mission Mars, now open. Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, what hardware will get us to the fourth planet in our solar system and how humans may live on the red planet in the next few decades.

    Space Center Houston worked closely with NASA in the development of the Mission Mars exhibit, which guides visitors through NASA’s journey to Mars, beginning with a look at how our view of the red planet has changed through the ages. Find out what goals NASA aims to achieve by exploring Mars and what the red planet can teach us about Earth and the universe.

    Orbiting at more than 17,000 miles per hour (27,354 kilometers per hour) above Earth, the International Space Station (ISS) is the largest structure built in space. This giant science laboratory, almost spanning the entire length of a football field, gathers research and conducts experiments every day.

    The International Space Station Gallery at Space Center Houston provides a dynamic look inside the space station – from interactive live shows to a Robonaut and even actual flown space station artifacts. These are just a few of the wonders you’ll encounter at Space Center Houston!

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    Hours: Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm | Sat-Sun: 10:00 am-6:00 pm | Closed Christmas Day
    Attraction Facilities:
    • Exhibits
    • Visitor Center
    Attraction Activities:
    • Education Programs
    • Special Events
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    Local Restaurants:

    Njoy Thai Restaurant and Bar, Artisans Restaurant, Avenue Grill, Lankfords Market, Treebeards, Cafe TH, Biskit Junkie, Saigon House Houston, Pappa Charlies Barbeque, Cuchara Restaurant, Huynh Restaurant, Charivari Restaurant, Artista Restaurant, Andalucia Tapas Restaurant and Bar, B&B Butchers and Restaurant, Brennans of Houston, The Grove, Sorrento Ristorante, Spindletop

    Local Shopping:

    Randalls Grocery, Fiesta Mart, Kroger, H-E-B Grocery, Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, GreenStreet, Piver Oaks Plaza, River Oaks Shopping Center, Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center, Rice Village, Sheperd Square Shopping Center, PlazAmericas, Hedwig Village Shopping Center, Northeast Shore Shopping Center, Post Oak Shopping Center

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