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Reviewed September 6, 2019

We've been members of Space Center Houston for the past couple of years. We bought their friends & family package which includes unlimited admission for up to 6 (plus free parking) for a year, plus 2 guest passes. It is nice because we are only 10 minutes away so we can just go for a short while and not feel like we have to do everything. There are other benefits too such as not having to wait in lines and special events early admission.

This past Saturday, we did the tour of Mission Control. Be advised, you have to get advance tickets for this. They don't cost anything, but there's only a certain number of people who can get into the room and the whole thing takes about an hour by the time you load the tram, go to the building, get upstairs (you have to climb 87 steps or they do have an elevator), watch the presentation, take pictures, and return. We got there at opening at 9am. We got on the first tour which was at 9:30am. If you come later, you are likely to not be able to do the tour and you cannot do advance reservations.

For the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing, they completed restored Mission Control back to the way it looked in July 1969. The presentation is stunning and makes you feel like you are right there.

I highly recommend this!

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

one of a kind inn Houston - even if there never launched a rocket here you can smell the orbit all around -

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed September 6, 2019

If interested in 'the space race' in a limited way, & visiting Houston, then the Houston Space Centre will not disappoint. But those with more intelligence will quickly get bored with the limited displays within the building. The simulators are not included in the entry price and put off many people from using them. Some displays & presentations were interesting enough, but seemed predominantly aimed at young school children. So as a young family day out it is mildly recommended. For the older visitor there could be better ways to spend your time in Houston.
Interestingly enough, one tour that includes mans first landing on the moon was exactly the same presentation I saw at the Kennedy Space Center in '84, including the set-up of the control room.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 5, 2019 via mobile

We visited the Space Centre and decided to do the Level 9 VIP Tour.

It was well worth the extra expense.

Our tour ran from 11:00am until
4:30. During that time we were shown around the facility by Neal, an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who went above and beyond expectations.

We were in a private air conditioned coach with 12 people in total. We got to see a lot more than the free tram tour.

We were able to walk around the facility where NASA staff were working and astronauts were training. Our guide knew a lot of the NASA people and, at one point, an astronaut who has lived on the space station and is preparing for another mission came up and spoke to us for about 10 minutes.

We got to see the training module where the Mars mission is training and were able to look inside the module and get photos. This was not available to the regular tram tour. That tour was only able to view the facility from behind a glass wall above the main floor. We also visited the pool where the astronauts train in zero gravity.

After lunch, which was included in the cost, we visited Mission Control and saw where the International Space Station is controlled and flown. This was followed by a visit to Mission Control for the Apollo 11 and subsequent Apollo missions. The facility has been restored to its original condition and a great 15 minute presentation using the actual footage from that first mission is shown. You then get to walk on the floor of Mission Control. This is a restricted area that is not available to everyone.

Finally, you get to see the Saturn 5 rocket which would have been used for Apollo 18 had the mission proceeded.

In my opinion this was one of the better VIP type tours I have ever done!

If you plan to do the tour make sure you are there at opening time of 10:00am. There is so much to see at the Space Centre and as the tour ends just before the closing of the facility you won’t get time to look at the exhibits when your tour is over.

Your ticket does allow you to come back again within in 10 days.

The Space Centre is quite away from Downtown and we caught an UBER which was about $40 and took about 30 minutes. Public transport is available to the Centre but, I suspect, would take quite a while to get there.

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed September 5, 2019

The space center is the best place to visit if you are in Houston (Texas). Its is a half day trip and you can view the various technologies with space and craft and a must go place for kids.

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Manmeet M
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