Space Center Houston

The Official Visitors Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center

Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Cosmic Spring Break
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Mars Food Face-Off
Journey to Space
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Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, [email protected] 

Science-Based Family Fun Soars at Cosmic Spring Break 

HOUSTON, March 2, 2015 – A fun, interactive journey awaits with meteorite hunters, a Pi Day celebration and the multimedia Ripley’s collection at Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring Break, sponsored by the city of Webster, March 14-22. 

The nonprofit Space Center Houston brings science to life with a film premiere about space exploration, the Ripley’s curator on the search for the next oddity in the legendary collection and a Mars Food Face-Off with an award-winning celebrity chef. 

“This year’s Cosmic Spring Break takes science-based activities to new heights,” said the nonprofit center’s President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “We’ve developed a weeklong line-up of exciting activities for the whole family. Have a little slice of Pi(e) at our Pi Day celebrations, hear the amazing facts about meteorites in the interactive Meteorite Hunters Show and don’t miss the chance to have your artifact or oddity selected for the legendary Ripley’s collection.” 

Be among the first to view the Space Center Houston premiere of “Journey to Space,” an all-new film presented in Texas’s largest big-screen format theater or board the behind-the-scenes NASA tram tour which is expanded for Cosmic Spring Break. 

  • Feb. 21-April 26 – “Amazing Universe: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! ®” exhibit, sponsored by the city of Webster. The exhibit explores the unbelievable world of Robert Ripley with larger-than-life displays, scientific discoveries and real artifacts, plus a bonus of space objects added by Space Center Houston. 
  • March 14-22 – Curiosity Expo features a collection of unusual items taken to space. On March 20-21, additional items from the Ripley’s collection will be on display as the Ripley’s curator looks for the next unbelievable artifact or natural wonder to add to the world-famous collection. So bring your strange treasure -- he just might make an on-the-spot offer! 
  • March 14 – Pi Day will celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with a little slice of Pi(e), served as only the zany scientists of Space Center Houston can deliver. 
  • March 14-22 – Meteorite Hunters is a fun show explaining all there is to know about meteorites while engaging the audience. On March 17 and 19, real Meteorite Hunter NASA astrobiologist Everett Gibson tells of his adventures. 
  • March 18 – Mars Food Face-off invites the center’s visitors to face off by creating a dish with ingredients limited to what astronauts would have on Mars. The challenge will be judged by the award-winning celebrity chef Chris Shepherd, owner of Underbelly restaurant; retired NASA astronaut Kenneth Cameron; and a food scientist from the NASA Food Lab. Shepherd will take the challenge himself and some lucky audience members will get to taste his creation. 

Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of fun contests around the Cosmic Spring Break activities including a Pi(e) Rap contest, Pi(e) sightings that you spot here and around Houston, an Albert Einstein look-alike contest and more. To learn more about participating, follow Space Center Houston on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpaceCenterHouston and Twitter @SpaceCenterHou.

Space Center Houston has expanded hours from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. during Cosmic Spring Break. Visitors are encouraged to beat the crowds by arriving early and starting the day with the NASA Tram Tour, the most popular activity. View a list of “insider tips” for an easy trip online at spacecenter.org/visitor. For more information on Cosmic Spring Break, visit spacecenter.org/cosmicspringbreak. 

Tickets at the door range from $18.95 for children to $23.95 for adults with discounts for seniors and active military, or save $3 and skip the ticket lines by buying online. Admission is one convenient price to see all of the center including access to all exhibits. Purchase a Space Center Houston Membership for as little as $26.95 and return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, special events and much more. 

The exhibit is funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc. Ripley's Believe It or Not!® and Believe It or Not!® are registered trademarks of Ripley Entertainment Inc. 

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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 more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center 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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Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
Science of Ripley's® Exhibit
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 Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, [email protected] 

Space Center Houston Explores Science of Ripley’s® Collection 

HOUSTON, Feb. 13, 2015 – Discover the science behind the legendary Robert Ripley collection in Space Center Houston’s new exhibit, “Amazing Universe: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®” which is open Feb. 21-April 26. 

The interactive exhibit, sponsored by the city of Webster, explores the unbelievable world of Robert Ripley with larger-than-life displays, scientific discoveries and real artifacts, plus a bonus of space objects added by Space Center Houston. 

“The collection is known for its wonderfully diverse artifacts from across the globe, but Space Center Houston has gone beyond to explore the marvels that lie within space,” said the nonprofit center’s president and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “With an up-close look at meteorites and crystal growth from the International Space Station, this new exhibit ignites curiosity and inspires visitors to learn about science.” 

Space Center Houston’s exhibit also features a collection of Hubble images in what is the 25th anniversary year of NASA’s famous space telescope. Throughout the exhibit, Ripley’s® legendary compendium comes to life through experiments, touchable specimens, computer interactive exhibits and multimedia experiences. 

Robert Ripley was an explorer, adventurer and trailblazing collector who exemplified the spirit of curiosity and adventure that resonates with people of all backgrounds and ages. His collection in the exhibition comprises extreme biology, solar system objects and fantastic feats. It allows visitors to measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world's tallest man who grew to 8 feet 11 inches (2.72 meters) tall, and view a model replica of the International Space Station made of matchsticks, the world’s smallest production automobile and a portrait of Albert Einstein made of toast. 

Tickets at the door range from $18.95 for children to $23.95 for adults with discounts for seniors and active military. Admission is one convenient price to see all of the center including access to all exhibits. Save $3 and skip the ticket lines by buying online, or become a Space Center Houston Member for as little as $26.95 and return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, special events and much more. Visit spacecenter.org/visitor for tickets and “insider tips” on making your trip easy, educational and the best it can be. For more information on the center, call (281) 244-2100. 

The exhibit is funded in part by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and is a production of Science North, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Ripley Entertainment Inc. Ripley's Believe It or Not!® and Believe It or Not!® are registered trademarks of Ripley Entertainment Inc. 

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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 more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center 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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Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2122, mmoore@spacecenter.org 

Space Center Houston Awards Dedicated NASA Teacher 

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2015 – A NASA education specialist received the prestigious Cherri Brinley Space Science Educator Award from the nonprofit Space Center Houston last night for his outstanding achievements in space science education. 

The award was given to Angelo Casaburri during the 21st annual Space Exploration Educators Conference which provides up to 24 continuing professional education credits with hands-on activities in workshops given by scientists, engineers and astronauts. Casaburri has attended the conference for the past 21 years.

“On merit alone, Angelo has done more for NASA than anyone I have met,” said colleague Scott Anderson of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. “When measuring workload, mentoring and inspiration, there is no one finer. Include kindness, NASA education knowledge and historic contribution and I suspect we will never meet a better person.”

The educator professional development specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center has been a mentor and inspiration to thousands of teachers and students.  During his 34-year career, Casaburri has shared his extensive knowledge about NASA, space science, biology and math in professional workshops, webinars and outreach activities engaging educators and inspiring the next generation of explorers in STEM programs throughout the U.S. 

Prior to joining NASA, Casaburri served as a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Swaziland. He earned a bachelor of science in biology and a secondary science teacher’s certificate at Fresno (California) State University and a master of science in entomology at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

The three-day conference was attended by educators from around the world who teach kindergarten through 12th grades. During the conference, attendees received ready-to-implement classroom ideas and participated in experiments and engaging workshops about science, technology, engineering and math.

The award is named for Cherri Brinley, a Houston-area educator and space enthusiast who shared her passion for space science with students and fellow educators. She died of cancer in 2008. Award recipients are leaders in education and responsible for helping to shape the future of students with careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Dedicated to empowering educators with a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and activities in space and science, SEEC provides educators with continuing education workshops and networking opportunities. SEEC occurs annually in February at Space Center Houston. For more information about Space Center Houston and SEEC, 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 more than 800,000 visitors annually and a $45 million economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center.  The center 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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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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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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