Shows and Presentations
Space Food: From Mercury to Mars Mission
Researchers at NASA Johnson Space Center are developing Advanced Food Systems (AFS) that will provide safe, nutritious and appetizing food to future crews traveling to the moon and Mars, while minimizing volume, mass and waste. Hear about this and other amazing research.
1 p.m., Blast-Off! Theater (limited to first 225 people)
Careers at NASA
Panel discussion about careers at NASA and in aerospace.
1:30 p.m., Destiny Theater (limited to first 225 people)
From Blue to Red (Planetarium Show)
Follow Carina, a young woman stationed on a fictional Mars base, as she communicates with her brother Aidan back on Earth. Participants will learn about the differences between Earth and Mars and what it might be like to live and work on another planet.
1 p.m., 2 p.m. Astronaut Gallery (limited to first 30 people)
Hear FAA pilot Mike Machula speak about the future of commercial space transportation and the role of spaceports, both current and in the future.
2:30 p.m. Blast-Off! Theater (limited to first 225 people)
Activities and Demonstrations
Rovers are essential to NASA’s exploration of Mars. As part of this astronaut challenge, participants will be given a special mission to collect a rock sample and return to base. To make it even more exciting, they will be racing against another astronaut trainee to see who will be able to complete the mission first. Take an off-world joy ride in a race across the Martian surface. Blast through craters, bank through other worldly turns and cheer on your favorite team – all while learning about tele-robotics!
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Astronaut Gallery
Experience the sensation of microgravity while performing a simulated Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) space-walk using gravity chairs. Students will face mental and physical agility challenges while wearing bulky gloves as they attempt to assemble a space tool using only audible directions received from “Mission Control.” Just like real astronauts, participants must be prepared for the unexpected if they hope to complete the assigned tasks.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Zero-G Diner Patio
Interstellar Scavenger Hunt
Participants will be divided into teams of four to five members as they explore Space Center Houston in a fun and active scavenger hunt. They will answer space history trivia, do fun activities and even take selfies. Each item is worth a certain number of points, the team with the most points wins. Once smartphone per team is used for the official scoring. A mobile device can be checked out for any team that doesn’t have one.
1 p.m., 2 p.m. Astronaut Gallery
Guests will have the opportunity to refresh with a sample of a space smoothie made from space food ingredients. You might be surprised just how good they can taste.
1 p.m. Zero-G Diner Patio
Minecraft on Mars
Students will explore and survive Mars virtually in Minecraft, an educational “sandbox” game that encourages exploration and construction. The unique modifications and themes such as Galacticraft allow students to explore the red planet and build their own Mars structures. It is recommended that students have prior experience playing Minecraft on a personal computer.
1 p.m., Classroom 2
Registration required: limited to first 12 students ages 8 and older Session full
Students can get ready to soar with Space Racers! Based on the PBS series, young spaceship cadets will soar through the solar system exploring everything from the principles of flight to shadows. Participants will also discover the importance of using senses in space. Parents must accompany their homeschoolers.
2 p.m., Boardroom
Registration required: limited to first 15 students ages 4-6 Session full
Students will use their creativity to design a unique 3D tool that can be assembled or available in a timely manner for a space mission. The tool can assist with space gardening, medicine, communications and more.
2:30 p.m. Silver Moon Room Session full
Registration Required: limited to first 12 students ages 12 and older
Students will be challenged to build robots and take on missions that require them to activate communication stations; assemble a crew; climb steep slopes to free a trapped mars research rover; launch satellites; collect rock samples and secure power supplies. Don’t miss the fun of this exciting next-gen robotics session.
2:30 p.m. The Club Session full
Registration Required: limited to first 20 students ages 10 and older)
Mobile App Design
Students will plug into the mobile revolution by learning important fundamentals of designing their own mobile apps on the Android platform. Through this session, students may learn introductory programming skills and tools they can use at home.
2:30 p.m., Classroom 4
Registration Required: limited to first 20 students ages 12 and older Session full
Times and locations of speakers, presentations, workshops, shows, activities and demonstrations subject to change without notice.