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Science-Based Family Fun Soars at Cosmic Spring Break 

HOUSTON, March 2, 2015 – A fun, interactive journey awaits with meteorite hunters, a Pi Day celebration and the multimedia Ripley’s collection at Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring Break, sponsored by the city of Webster, March 14-22.

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The nonprofit Space Center Houston brings science to life with a film premiere about space exploration, the Ripley’s curator on the search for the next oddity in the legendary collection and a Mars Food Face-Off with an award-winning celebrity chef.

“This year’s Cosmic Spring Break takes science-based activities to new heights,” said the nonprofit center’s President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “We’ve developed a weeklong line-up of exciting activities for the whole family. Have a little slice of Pi(e) at our Pi Day celebrations, hear the amazing facts about meteorites in the interactive Meteorite Hunters Show and don’t miss the chance to have your artifact or oddity selected for the legendary Ripley’s collection.”

Be among the first to view the Space Center Houston premiere of “Journey to Space,” an all-new film presented in Texas’s largest big-screen format theater or board the behind-the-scenes NASA tram tour which is expanded for Cosmic Spring Break.

  • Feb. 21-April 26 – “Amazing Universe: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! ®” exhibit, sponsored by the city of Webster. The exhibit explores the unbelievable world of Robert Ripley with larger-than-life displays, scientific discoveries and real artifacts, plus a bonus of space objects added by Space Center Houston.
  • March 14-22 – Curiosity Expo features a collection of unusual items taken to space. On March 20-21, additional items from the Ripley’s collection will be on display as the Ripley’s curator looks for the next unbelievable artifact or natural wonder to add to the world-famous collection. So bring your strange treasure — he just might make an on-the-spot offer!
  • March 14 – Pi Day will celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with a little slice of Pi(e), served as only the zany scientists of Space Center Houston can deliver.
  • March 14-22 – Meteorite Hunters is a fun show explaining all there is to know about meteorites while engaging the audience. On March 17 and 19, real Meteorite Hunter NASA astrobiologist Everett Gibson tells of his adventures.
  • March 18 – Mars Food Face-off invites the center’s visitors to face off by creating a dish with ingredients limited to what astronauts would have on Mars. The challenge will be judged by the award-winning celebrity chef Chris Shepherd, owner of Underbelly restaurant; retired NASA astronaut Kenneth Cameron; and a food scientist from the NASA Food Lab. Shepherd will take the challenge himself and some lucky audience members will get to taste his creation.

Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of fun contests around the Cosmic Spring Break activities including a Pi(e) Rap contest, Pi(e) sightings that you spot here and around Houston, an Albert Einstein look-alike contest and more. To learn more about participating, follow Space Center Houston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpaceCenterHouston and Twitter @SpaceCenterHou.

Space Center Houston has expanded hours from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. during Cosmic Spring Break. Visitors are encouraged to beat the crowds by arriving early and starting the day with the NASA Tram Tour, the most popular activity. View a list of “insider tips” for an easy trip online at spacecenter.org/visitor. For more information on Cosmic Spring Break, visit spacecenter.org/cosmicspringbreak.

Tickets at the door range from $18.95 for children to $23.95 for adults with discounts for seniors and active military, or save $3 and skip the ticket lines by buying online. Admission is one convenient price to see all of the center including access to all exhibits. Purchase a Space Center Houston Membership for as little as $26.95 and return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, special events and much more.

The exhibit is funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® and Believe It or Not!® are registered trademarks of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org.

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc.

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