Shows and Presentations
Hear NASA experts discuss space suit function and design to meets the needs for future missions to Mars and beyond.
3:30 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.
3 p.m. Astronaut Gallery (limited to first 30 people)
Space Racers Screening
Watch a live screening of a special Space Racers episode in the Space Center Theater! Space Racers is a new, original, half-hour animated series for preschoolers that follows young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy as they soar through the solar system.
3:15 p.m. Space Center Theater (limited to first 550 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 (l 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.
3 p.m., 4 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 at how good they can taste.
3:30 p.m. Zero-G Diner Patio
Times and locations of speakers, presentations, workshops, shows, activities and demonstrations subject to change without notice.