Outer Space Academy

Outer Space Academy uses state-of-the-art technology to help students navigate the solar system and beyond.

Starlab, a dynamic planetarium, is an exciting tool used in Outer Space Academy to teach students about astronomy and space exploration. Through a digital recreation of the sky, students study concepts like celestial motions and travel through our solar system and beyond. The Starlab can accommodate 20-30 people depending on age groups.

Outer Space Academy classes are $3 per guest and have a 20-student or $60 minimum. The student to adult ratio is 1:10, and one adult admission is included. Additional tickets for students and adults are $3 each. Classes are available for kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Planetarium Shows

Send your students on a journey around the universe in our planetarium shows. Enjoy a live presentation from our engaging educational instructors or an inspiring documentary film.

Learn more about our live shows and films:

outreach_stars_movieEvery star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars. This dramatic program features the voice talent of Mark Hamill.
outreach_astronaut_posterWhat would it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. This film is narrated by Ewan McGregor.

Planetarium show times are 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


Enhance your experience

Starship Gallery toursstarshipgallery
Allow our expert tour guide to introduce your students to the wonders of the space program. Students will see and touch real spacecraft and moon rocks while learning about the history of space flight. Each tour consists of a 15-minute film and one 30-minute guided tour of Starship Gallery. Learn more about the one-of-a-kind space science artifacts in Starship Gallery.

Starship Gallery tour showtimes are 10:15 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) toursNBL
See astronauts train in a “neutral” environment on a guided tour of the largest pool of its kind in the world. Tours are $7 per person with a 20-person minimum. Tours are available Monday through Friday only and are offered at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Please note that the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory is not on Space Center Houston property and transportation is the responsibility of the group. Groups of more than 50 people may have to split into multiple tours. Meet your guide at the Information Desk at Space Center Houston 30 minutes before your tour time. Please call +1 281-283-4755 for availability and allow 4-6 weeks for approval.