Planet Earth Celebration

April 22-25

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Wildlife Refuge Tram Tour 
Hop on a NASA Tram Tour for special new content highlighting the sustainable efforts at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Learn about the wildlife taking refuge in JSC’s rookery and coastal prairie grasslands including multiple varieties of herons and egrets as well as deer, armadillos, snakes, skunks, bobcats, and coyotes. On our Space Vehicle Mockup Facility NASA Tram Tour, gain a deeper understanding of sustainable rockets and spacecraft as well as how six million gallons of water is recycled every 19.6 hours at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Pop-up Science Labs 
Become a scientist in two different hands-on Pop-Up Science Labs. Investigate how water is naturally filtered by soil and what effect our activities have on this natural process through a water filtration demonstration. Investigate the acceptable weather conditions for launching a spacecraft and learn about the Crew-2 launch, the second SpaceX crew rotation mission to the International Space Station. Using weather reports, determine if your rocket can launch safely from the launch pad and give the final “go” or “no go” for the mission.
Guest Speakers 
Space City Weather founder and meteorologist Eric Berger will present “Understanding Houston’s Freaky Weather” 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. April 24 in Independence Plaza. Berger is also the senior space editor at Ars Technica, covering everything from astronomy to the commercial space program. NASA Exploration Extravehicular Mobility (xEMU) space suit engineer Kristine Davis will give a live virtual presentation about xEMU suits and environmental exposure in space followed by a Q&A in Astronaut Gallery 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. April 25.
Community Educational Booths
Hear from local organizations about how they help preserve our planet. Galveston Bay Foundation will demonstrate the importance of rain barrels, and on April 23 and 24 they will also demonstrate how to engineer a shoreline to prevent erosion. City of Houston Waste Management Department will teach guests about recycling including what materials are recyclable.
Pop-up Science Talks  
The Space Shuttle Program brought reusable spacecraft into reality by creating a craft that could be relaunched quickly. SpaceX continues this tradition with its reusable rocket program. Our experts will discuss sustainable rockets and spacecraft in Independence Plaza and beneath the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Learn about how space is becoming more accessible.
Atmospheric Balloon Launch
Watch our education team launch a massive atmospheric balloon from Independence Plaza daily! The balloon will travel 100 feet into the sky to study humidity and temperature. Send your name to space inside the balloon’s payload, and then watch a live feed of the data to learn about our atmosphere and the future of deep space exploration.
Innovation Gateway Challenge 
Community scientists have been working to design their own water filtration system for our newest Innovation Gateway challenge, presented by BHP with support from Repsol. See the scientists’ designs and learn about how astronauts filter water in space.
Our Sustainability Efforts  
Learn about Space Center Houston's recycling and energy-saving initiatives and what our crew members do to promote sustainability all year long. See a demonstration from our chef and learn about sustainable coffee.
Games & Films 
Take a break in Independence Plaza and relax with a game of cornhole, Jenga, or Connect 4. Don’t miss a special Mission Briefing Center screening of our Thought Leader Series, presented by UTMB Health, exploring The Overview Effect.

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