News Release

Train Like An Astronaut Before the Summer Ends

HOUSTON, July 22, 2015 – This is your last chance to end the summer with an out-of-this world adventure at Space Center Houston’s “Train Like An Astronaut” on July 29.

The nonprofit’s summer activities offer something for all ages. Visitors will bounce in gravity chairs, race rovers and even meet an astronaut during the special educational program “Train Like An Astronaut.” Before the summer ends, take a spin on a space bike and touch a Mars rock in the summer exhibit “Space: A Journey to Our Future” or watch the new film about the exciting work happening at NASA.

“Visitors will have a fun-filled summer of science,” said the nonprofit center’s President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “Visitors can even become an astronaut and have ‘astro-agility fun’ in a space obstacle course during ‘Train Like An Astronaut Wednesdays’ and walk inside a ‘Mars basecamp’ in the summer exhibit or see Mission Control on the NASA Tram Tour.”

Through interactive educational programs, Space Center Houston has summer activities perfect for all ages.

  • July 29 – “Train Like An Astronaut” with activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays in July. Live the dream by challenging both your mind and body to complete missions, race rovers and experience microgravity-like activities during only at Space Center Houston. Discover if you have what it takes for the next giant leap to explore Mars and beyond — all included with the price of admission.
  • Now through Sept. 6 – “Space: A Journey to Our Future” – Explore the cosmos and beyond in the interactive summer exhibit. Walk through a full-sized space habitat and use the moon as a basecamp for going to Mars. Visitors will utilize a variety of interactives to plan, design, even pack for a trip to Mars.
  • Now showing – “Journey to Space” an all-new film presented on one of Texas’ largest giant-screen theaters. Combined with stunning imagery, the film tells the story of historic space explorations as well as future missions to land astronauts on Mars.
  • Go behind-the-scenes on the NASA Tram Tour and see history in the making. Visitors can see either the Historic Mission Control or the Astronaut Training Facility and the enormous Saturn V rocket at Rocket Park.

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

Space Center Houston tickets 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 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

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