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Celebrate the Holidays at Space Center Houston 

HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2014 – A remarkable space journey awaits people of all ages this holiday season at Space Center Houston. Explore the next 50 to 100 years of future space travel, listen to an interactive presentation about life on the International Space Station and tour behind the scenes at NASA. 

The Next Giant Leap: Beyond Planet Earth, sponsored by the city of Webster, offers hands-on elements and a peek at future voyages to Mars, asteroid landings and even a trip to an ice-covered moon of Jupiter, where a buried sea could reveal signs of life. 

All aboard the International Space Station! Learn first-hand how astronauts navigate living in space on a daily basis. The Living in Space module features artifacts, displays and other amazing pieces from the orbiting ISS laboratory. Attend a presentation with a mission briefing officer and hear the inside scoop on how the impossible happens every day. 

A visit to Space Center Houston isn’t complete without experiencing the Discount Tire NASA Tram Tour. Go behind-the-scenes in the historic Mission Control and enter the building where astronauts are trained. The tour includes a visit to Rocket Park, the home of the Saturn V rocket, the most powerful rocket ever built and operated. 

Looking for unique gifts? The Space Trader gift shop offers a variety of collectibles, toys, apparel and more. 

Space Center Houston is closed only on Christmas Day and offers extended hours during the holidays. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. 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 nearly 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. It is the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center and 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 Inc. 


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 Media Contact: Communications Department, [email protected], 281-244-2122 

Space Center Houston Debuts New Membership Program 

Holiday Gift Continues Giving Throughout the Year 

HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2014 – A new membership program debuting today at Space Center Houston offers more benefits and value than ever before with five tiers matched to family and individual needs. 

At a science museum with more than 400 artifacts, fun and engaging educational programs and ever-changing new and permanent exhibits, the program makes it easy to come back and see more. 

“This is a very affordable way for families and space enthusiasts to enjoy the many new and exciting educational programs, exhibits and artifacts at Space Center Houston,” said President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “It’s a great value and makes an ideal gift because it continues giving throughout the year.” 

All five annual membership levels offer free admission to Space Center Houston for one year, free parking after the first visit, regular news about the center and member benefits, and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop and diner. The “Impact” levels offer premiums such as invitations to special events, birthday cards signed by astronauts, guest passes and a 10 percent discount and early registration on Space Center Houston day camps, to name just a few. 

The basic memberships cost $26.95 for the Independence level (individual) and $99 for the Family Curiosity level (two adults, two children). The three Impact memberships are each a package for two adults and four children and cost $175 for Discovery, $300 for Endeavor and $500 for Orion. Additional family members cost $24.95 each. The Orion includes an invitation to NASA mission briefings, the VIP Level 9 tour for two and Lunch with an Astronaut for two. Learn more and join the membership program by visiting www.spacecenter.org/membershipmatters or calling the Membership Line at 281-244-2126. 

Revenue from the membership program goes to the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation which owns and operates Space Center Houston. The funding helps support the many educational programs and preservation of rare artifacts. 

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. 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 nearly 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. It is the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center and 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 Inc. 


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Media Contact: Communications Department, [email protected], 281-244-2122 

Space Center Houston Launch Party Will View Orion’s First Flight 

HOUSTON, Nov. 25, 2014 – Witness the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft via a live link at Space Center Houston on Dec. 4 and celebrate the next giant leap into a new era of space exploration. 

Orion was built to eventually send humans farther into space than they have ever been, but this first flight will test the craft without a human on board. 

Space Center Houston and NASA Johnson Space Center have planned a full morning of activities to include special guests and free admission, but registration online is required. Breakfast can be purchased during online registration. 

Doors open at 5 a.m. with launch commencing at 6:05 a.m. Please note that all attendees will be required to present their ticket at the gate and the event is subject to change without notice. The spacecraft splashes down at 10:30 a.m. and the event ends promptly at 11 a.m., at which time Space Center Houston will resume regularly scheduled operating hours. Anyone wishing to extend the visit past 11 a.m. may purchase discount admission online to Space Center Houston. 

Join us for “The Next Giant Leap!” For more information, registration or tickets to Space Center Houston, visit www.spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. 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 nearly 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. It is the official visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center and 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 Inc. 

 


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Media Contact: Communications Department (281) 244-2122, [email protected] 

Space Center Houston Is Houston’s First Smithsonian Affiliate 

October Is Month of Historic ‘Firsts’ in Space 

HOUSTON, Oct. 8, 2014 – It’s another first for Houston and Space Center Houston as the nonprofit museum becomes the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the city. The center celebrates a “month of firsts” by opening a new exhibition today about the first voyages into deep space. 

Smithsonian AffiliateThe new status grants access to the national archive of more than 138 million artifacts, specimens and works of art, as well as entree to more than 50 traveling exhibitions developed by the Smithsonian Institution. 

“We are delighted to launch our first Houston affiliate partnership with Space Center Houston, an organization that has done so much to honor and preserve the history of space flight,” said Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations director. “This new partnership builds on a solid foundation of prior collaboration, artifact loans and scholarly exchange and will address ways that we can work together to inspire a new generation to dream, explore, and further the boundaries of knowledge.” 

The national recognition and exposure for Space Center Houston is expected to increase annual visits, boosting the center’s current $45 million annual impact on the greater Houston area. In addition, Houstonians can look forward to Smithsonian exhibitions and programs. 

“Space Center Houston is proud to be the first Smithsonian affiliate in Houston,” said Richard E. Allen Jr., president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “This is a result of our continuous dedication to preserving the unique history of space exploration and sharing NASA’s bold vision to expand humanity’s presence into deep space. This affiliation will help us to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration.” 

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. Learn more at www.spacecenter.org

The “month of firsts” launches with The Next Giant Leap: Beyond Planet Earth, presented by the City of Webster. Open today, this all new exhibition explores how humanity will take its first steps towards living and working in deep space, independent of the Earth. This is the first exhibition of the center’s “Next Giant Leap” 2014-15 season of educational programs and exhibits aligned with NASA’s deep-space exploration initiatives. 

October is the month of many historic firsts in space. During past Octobers, both NASA (1958) and Space Center Houston (1992) began operations and launches occurred of the first satellite Sputnik I (1957), the first NASA satellite Pioneer 1 (1958) and NASA’s first crewed Apollo mission (Apollo 7, 1968). 

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. More information is available at www.affiliations.si.edu

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. 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 nearly 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. It is the official visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center and 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 Inc. 

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INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES ON OCT. 8: 

  • Richard E. Allen Jr., President and CEO, Space Center Houston 
  • Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations 


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Media Contact: Michael Wampler; office: 281-244-2136; cell: 281-684-1729; [email protected] 

Exhibit Offers Glimpse of Future Space Travel 

HOUSTON, Oct. 2, 2014 – While achievements in space exploration make up an important part of Space Center Houston’s newest exhibit, almost every element of The Next Giant Leap: Beyond Planet Earth invites visitors to contemplate where humans will go from here. 

The exhibit, which is sponsored by the city of Webster, opens Oct. 8 and continues through Jan. 18, 2015. Its hands-on elements offer a vision for the next 50 to 100 years of space travel: voyages to Mars, asteroid landings and even a trip to an ice-covered moon of Jupiter, where a buried sea could reveal signs of life. 

“There’s a sense as you progress through this exhibit that destinations throughout our solar system, and the many systems beyond it, are nearly within our grasp,” said Dr. Melanie Johnson, Space Center Houston’s director of education and exhibits. “I’m confident this experience will capture our visitors’ imaginations and inspire future explorers.” 

The Next Giant Leap: Beyond Planet Earth has been organized by the American Museum of Natural Science in collaboration with MadaTech: the Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space, in Haifa, Israel and comprises six immersive environments: 

 

  • History of Space Exploration features replica space artifacts such as Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite and Vostok 1 space capsule that boosted Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, into orbit. 
  • Returning to the Moon guests will explore a scale model of a possible space habitat while learning about the possibility of creating a semi-permanent lunar research station. 
  • Near-Earth Asteroids includes a recreation of the Japanese spacecraft that rendezvoused with a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples. Using touch-screen interactive technology, visitors can explore ‘what if’ scenarios for deflecting a “doomsday” asteroid. 
  • Voyaging to Mars includes a full-scale replica of Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover, and interactive terra-forming simulation. Here, guests will learn first-hand how astronauts might eat, sleep and exercise during their journey to the Red Planet. 
  • Reaching the Outer Solar System features a replica of the robotic submersible that could be sent to the Jupiter moon, Europa, to explore its icy oceans. 
  • Beyond our Solar System is a look at the thousands of solar systems discovered by scientists and the promise of life their planets hold. 

 

This exhibit is included with paid admission to Space Center Houston and is part of the non-profits Next Giant Leap 2014-15 education and exhibits season which focuses on what NASA is working on now and in the future. More information is available at www.spacecenter.org

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. 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 nearly 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. It is the official visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center and 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 Inc. 


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