News Release

Explore a New Era in Space at Space Center Houston

HOUSTON, April 23, 2015 – A new era in space takes over the big screen with the all-new film “Journey To Space” now playing at Space Center Houston.

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“While NASA is preparing to go to Mars, Space Center Houston is focused on teaching the next generation of astronauts about a future mission to Mars,” said Richard E. Allen Jr. chief executive officer at Space Center Houston. “This new film is a spectacular look at where we’ve gone and why the future of space is more exciting than ever before.”

Visitors can see the new film among one of the largest collections of space artifacts in the United States. In collaboration with leading space experts, “Journey To Space” showcases the exciting work happening at NASA and in the space community. Combined with stunning imagery, the film tells the story of historic space explorations and future missions to land astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the shuttle program in 2011, it is instead, vibrantly alive.

Through brilliant narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart and extensive interviews with NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson and Serena Aunon, the film captures the spirit of human exploration and describes how it is at the core of our own DNA.

The new film looks ahead at the most exciting missions on the horizon. The names of the new machines that will carry out these missions will soon enter our lexicon.

  • “Orion” is NASA’s first spacecraft designed to carry humans on long-duration deep space exploration missions. Orion will take humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit and return them safely back home.
  • “Olympus,” an inflatable transportation habitat, is an early concept of more than 45 feet in diameter and could provide astronauts the work area and living space necessary for long-duration missions.
  • The Space Launch System (SLS) is the giant rocket that will carry both spacecraft. SLS will carry the needed Mars landers and ascent vehicles to get astronauts to the surface of Mars and back up to the Orion mothership for their return trip to Earth.

“Journey To Space” also gives a fitting tribute to the space shuttle program and the 355 astronauts who flew on the 135 shuttle missions. The shuttle took many of the big steps that helped us understand how to live and operate in space and has enabled future missions.

The film gives a strong overview of the shuttle program’s last major project – the launch and assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). This captivating glimpse inside the space program provides audiences with a timely review of how NASA has been transitioning to a more ambitious future that will forever change how we live and operate in space.

“Journey To Space” is included with regular admission to Space Center Houston. Tickets at the door range from $18.95 for children to $23.95 for adults with discounts for seniors and active military. Save $3 and skip the ticket lines by buying online, or become a Space Center Houston Member 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. Visit spacecenter.org/visitor for tickets and “insider tips” on making your trip easy, educational and the best it can be. For more information on the center, call (281) 244-2100.

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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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