The Official Visitors Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center
One Small Step – One Big Lift
Shuttle Replica Independence Lifted Atop Historic Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
HOUSTON, Aug. 14, 2014– The world’s attention was again focused on Houston today as the space shuttle replica Independence was hoisted by crane to its permanent home atop the nonprofit Space Center Houston’s historic shuttle carrier aircraft. The free public event “Rise of Independence” marked another chapter in the ongoing story of Space Center Houston’s future one-of-a-kind international landmark exhibit.
“This exhibit might be housed at Space Center Houston, but this is YOUR exhibit and YOUR history,” Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Chairman of the Board Fred Griffin passionately told the assembled crowd. “Join the mission and help support this future world treasure.” The nonprofit education foundation needs to raise a final $2.2 million in order to complete the $12 million educational project.
Space Center Houston President and CEO Richard Allen Jr. presided over the opening ceremony preceding the lift where speakers included NASA Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who spoke of her excitement in seeing the legacy of the space shuttle program preserved through this exciting new educational exhibit.
Did you know?
At Space Center Houston guests can walk through the actual Skylab 1-G trainer astronauts used to train for missions to America's first space station.
Houston, Texas is Space City, USA and Space Center Houston is America's gateway to the universe!
As the Official Visitor Center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is the only place on Earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space.
Since 1992, this $75 million, 180,000 square foot, complex has entertained and informed over 16 million star-struck guests from every corner of the globe.
Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions, theatres and exhibits. In addition, the venue presents an amazing array of traveling exhibits and astounding events created exclusively by SCH's own creative exhibit team. SCH always has a new exhibit or attraction to enjoy.
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Space Center Houston is located at:
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
approximately 25 miles South of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake area.