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Global Summit for Teens
Global Summit for Teens
Global Summit for Teens
Global Summit for Teens
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Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, [email protected] 

New Global Summit for Teens Debuts at Space Center Houston 

HOUSTON, March 18, 2015 – An exciting new summit debuting June 15-20 will draw teens from around the world for a fun cultural exchange while solving real-world problems. 

The Mars Trekkers Global Teen Summit offers teens aged 13 to 17 years an opportunity to learn new skills for the 21st century while having fun with youth from many cultures. 

“The students will learn about science and engineering, but they won’t need an extensive science background to enjoy the summit,” said President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. of Space Center Houston. “They will work on solving important global issues while making new friends from around the world.” 

In advance of the summit, Space Center Houston will offer a free online Mars Smart class about Mars habitat design. The course will include five modules: selecting a landing site on Mars, filtering water, purifying the air, sustaining food and nutrition and using renewable energy on the red planet. 

Topics to be explored in the summit include clean water, renewable energy, and food and nutrition needed to develop a sustainable community on the red planet. Dynamic speakers and NASA scientists are part of the experience. 

Distinguished speakers include an astrobiologist, a former NASA manager and a motivational speaker who combines life skills with dance. Penelope Boston, Ph.D., is a professor, author and researcher of astrobiology in extreme environments, speleogenetic processes on planets and human space exploration. Boston is a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellow and currently is reassessing special regions on Mars. 

NASA engineer Stuart McClung has extensive experience in space-flight orbiter hardware. McClung is in charge of supporting the missions from launch to landing. Patrick Perez travels internationally teaching youth through music and dance. As a motivational speaker, Perez combines breakdance with an interactive presentation about perseverance and goal-setting. 

Participants will enjoy many social aspects including concerts, live shows and other entertainment in Space Center Houston’s simulated Mars Yard. Registration fees range from $995 for groups of 20 or more, to $1,250 for individuals and include the hotel room. 

To register and learn more about the global summit, go to http://mars.spacecenter.org. For more information on Space Center Houston, visit 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


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Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2139, mmoore@spacecenter.org 

Space Center Houston Reaches 17 Million Visitors 

HOUSTON, March 17, 2015 – What’s your lucky number? For Gerry Duncan, it was 17 million as the nonprofit Space Center Houston celebrated its 17 millionth visitor since opening in October 1992. 

Gerry, 9, of Conroe was welcomed March 14 by a cheering crowd while the sound of a drumroll played to mark this special milestone for the museum. The boy met the center’s mascot Commander Quest, received several souvenir gifts donated by area businesses and a one-year membership to the center. The excitement didn’t end there. He and his family received a personal behind-the-scenes tour of Space Center Houston and NASA. 

“For 23 years, visitors have come from all over the world to Space Center Houston to learn about space exploration and feel a part of the journey,” said the center’s President and CEO Richard E. Allen Jr. “We aim to spark imaginations and inspire the next generation of explorers.” 

This momentous occasion comes on the heels of an outstanding year of growth in 2014 when the center celebrated its fifth-highest annual attendance and its second-highest December attendance since opening. The year saw the move of the historic original shuttle carrier aircraft to the center, followed by a spectacular lift of the shuttle replica Independence to its permanent home on the SCA. The center also became Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, earned its first Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and was called “The Big Draw” in greater Houston by USA Today. 

Space Center Houston is a living museum where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and tour NASA. With more than 800,000 visitors annually, visitors come from all over the world to view the largest collection of space artifacts in the Southwestern United States. 

The next landmark event will be the opening of the unique SCA and shuttle replica Independence exhibit complex slated to open later this year. As the only exhibit of its kind in the world, the complex with include fully built-out educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information on Space Center Houston and the foundation, 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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Contact: Meridyth Moore, Public Relations Specialist, (281) 244-2122, [email protected] 

Philanthropist, Awarded NASA Manager join Mannned Space Flight Education Foundation Board 

HOUSTON, March 9, 2015 – A dedicated philanthropist and NASA’s awarded International Space Station Program manager are joining the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation board of directors as it comes off a banner year in 2014 and poises for additional growth in the new year. 

Joan Del Papa, a business owner and philanthropic leader representing Del Papa Distributing Co., has extensive experience as a business professional and community supporter. Michael T. Suffredini of NASA Johnson Space Center is a recognized manager in space flight operations, international negotiations and policy development. 

“Joan and Mike bring proven business leadership and a fresh perspective as the museum moves into the next phase of its long-term plan for growth,” said President and CEO Richard E. Allen, Jr. “The board of directors plays a crucial role in the development of the center.” 

Last year, the center became Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, celebrated its fifth-highest annual attendance in the museum’s history and recorded its second-highest December attendance since opening in 1992. The year also saw the move of the historic shuttle carrier aircraft to the center, followed by a spectacular lift of the shuttle replica Independence to its permanent home on the SCA. 

Del Papa of Galveston is a representative of Del Papa Distributing Co. With a passion for serving her community, she has served on the St. John Hospital Gala Fundraiser Planning Committee, Rotary Club of Space Center board of directors and the American Red Cross of Greater Houston Advisory Board. Among her accomplishments, Del Papa was named as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. 

Del Papa earned a bachelor of science in merchandising from Louisiana State University, certificates in teaching and interior design from the University of Houston and is a Realtor and a licensed real estate agent in Texas. 

Suffredini of Houston brings extensive experience in space flight operations. He is responsible for the budget and financial planning and overall strategic management of the ISS program. He is a veteran at policy development, international negotiations and crisis management. 

Among his accomplishments, Suffredini successfully reduced the ISS operational budget by 18 percent and achieved an unprecedented accomplishment of no launches being delayed due to ISS hardware or operations readiness. 

Suffredini holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His numerous awards and honors include the U.S. Presidential Ranks of both Distinguished Executive and Meritorious Executive and several outstanding NASA awards including the Exceptional Service Medal Exceptional Achievement Medal Outstanding Leadership Medal and Distinguished Service Medal. 

The unique SCA and shuttle replica Independence exhibit complex will open in late 2015 as the only exhibit of its kind with fully built-out educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering

and mathematics. For more information on Space Center Houston and the foundation, 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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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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