News Release

New Exhibit Challenges Visitors with Race into Deep Space 

HOUSTON, May 18, 2015 – Train for a mission to Mars, maneuver a rover and catch a star in Space Center Houston’s summer exhibit, “Space: A Journey to Our Future,” May 23-Sept. 7.

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“Visitors will walk inside a ‘Mars base camp’ and build their own first human colonies,” said Richard Allen Jr., president and CEO of the nonprofit, educationally focused space museum. “This immersive summer exhibit will bring visitors from humanity’s past heroic achievements through today’s exciting discoveries and on to the excitement of Mars exploration.”

Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery. Visitors will learn about NASA’s plans to send humans and robots into deep space to the Red Planet through hands-on interactive displays, including how to plan, design and even pack for a trip to Mars. Visitors can touch a Mars rock and train like an astronaut in the exhibit, which is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions and presented in educational collaboration with NASA.

Astronauts are required to exercise at least two hours a day in space to prevent muscle and bone loss due to microgravity on long missions. Guests will experience space exercise through a spin on a centrifuge that is powered like a bicycle.

Visitors will discover new facets of the galaxy in the interactive game, “Shooting Stars.” Using laser technology, they can explore the universe with a hand-held telescope and learn about the next-generation space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope.

In this exhibit, visitors will meet today’s explorers who seek to understand more about our planet and discover what life may exist beyond Earth. Visitors will engage in problem-solving skills and will be reminded that through dreaming and exploration, we can expand our presence in the universe.

Later this year, the next landmark event at the nonprofit is the opening of the shuttle carrier aircraft and shuttle replica exhibit complex, “Independence Plaza.” The new complex will be the only one of its kind with educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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. 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. For more information on Space Center Houston, visit www.spacecenter.org.

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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’s 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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