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NASA's Space Center Houston and City Sightseeing Tour
"Make your own way downtown to meet your bus for a narrated sightseeing tour of Houston. During the 90-minute tour by double-decker open-top bus pass by City Hall Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team) Hermann Park Houston’s Museum District and much more. Afterward transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you to Space Center Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Although high-profile space flights launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida most of the planning and training for the US space program takes place in Houston. Your day includes a 90-minute tram tour that takes you onto the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. See both the new and original Mission Control centers and the
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NASA Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk Tour
"This exclusive guided tour for you and your friends family clients or co-workers is done in air conditioned comfort with all entry fees prepaid for travelers' convenience. Complimentary bottled water juices and snacks are also provided for your touring pleasure. Travelers will be picked up at chosen hotel home or business in central Houston for a 1-hour tour of downtown Houston. You will have mobile views of some of Houston's most popular landmarks such as Minute Maid Park George R. Brown convention center
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NASA's Space Center Houston and City Sightseeing Tour
"Make your own way downtown to meet your bus for a narrated sightseeing tour of Houston. During the 90-minute tour by double-decker open-top bus pass by City Hall Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team) Hermann Park Houston’s Museum District and much more. Afterward transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you to Space Center Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Although high-profile space flights launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida most of the planning and training for the US space program takes place in Houston. Your day includes a 90-minute tram tour that takes you onto the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. See both the new and original Mission Control centers and the
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NASA Johnson Space Center Tips (53)

NASA Center

NASA is located a fair distance SE from downtown between Clear Lake, Dickinson and Pasadena. You can visit of course and learn about the space program, touch the moon rock and see the control center room - a lot smaller than how it appears on TV. It is an interesting site, but be aware that it is geared predominantly to young children.

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el_ruso
Oct 13, 2005

Let your wallet defy gravity at NASA

This is an extremely overpriced tourist attraction - not necessarily because of the price tag but rather the lack on anything interesting to see. The attraction is no better than years ago, when it was still free, but only now they charge you $17.95 + $5.00 for parking. The mission control and the astronaut training areas are interesting - but the main display area is the pitts.
Although bored, your wallet will certainly seem a lot lighter at your departure, around every corner an opportunity to get taken arises - prices are more expensive than the concessions at Atlanta Hartsfield airport and that's saying an awful lot.

mjdkvt
Sep 05, 2005

NASA - a must see for tourists and visitors

NASA - well if you're coming to Houston you'll know that this is one of the places you must visit while your here.

It took me 4 months to finally get here and I'm pleased I've now been around the NASA Space Center and taken the Historical Trolley Tour around the original command center which was used to command the first manned mission to the moon.

It's about $16 to visit the center, however if you pay about $19 you get a years membership - useful if you live here and you have friend who may want to visit when they visit you! I think there are also cheaper options for families and if you arrive later in the day.

One thing about the NASA Space Center - my friends at work have mixed feelings on the quality of the center. Some think it's a bit dated, others find the place a bit boring - however I think it's got a lot of interesting exhibits and there's definately hands on actitivies for children.

My only concern for the NASA Space Center is that it really does rely on event which happened 30-40 years ago - I think there is a lot which could be done to make it more up to date and interesting for young and old alike - keeping the history and bringing in more of what's happening now.

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martystagram
Jan 14, 2005

NASA Space Center

Five-story plaza with a full-size fake space shuttle. There's a tram tour that takes you to throughout buildings in the Space Center. You can get a seat in the viewing room of the original Mission Control room and check out full-size mock-ups of the original Apollo rockets.

There's a diner called Zero-G.

Admission: US$ 16.95 Adults; US$12.95 Children 4-11; US$15.95 Seniors over 64; free for Children under 4.

Parking: US$ 4.00

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peaceness98
Aug 10, 2004
 
 
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NASA Johnson Space Centre

Even though I'm not huge into space stuff, I found this quite interesting. You never really grasp how incredibly huge some of the rockets, space crafts are until you see them in person. And we saw the control room....and got to tour through a building where they were in the process of making something. Interesting!!

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taryn21
Apr 08, 2004

An Amazing display

On display is a Mercury Redstone spacecraft-booster combination which propelled the first two American astronauts (Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom) into space in 1961.

The largest rocket there is the Saturn V rocket which was used in the Apollo Program and also was used to propel the Skylab space station into earth orbit in 1973.

Photo is of 'Apollo Saturn V'

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keeweechic
Mar 08, 2004

You Can't Miss It

Rocket Park is right at the entrance to the Centre and clearly visible from Nasa Road. You used to be able to drive up and walk around yourself free of charge between 7.00a.m. and 6.00p.m. but after 9/11, I don't think you can do that now.

The photo i sof 'Little-Joe'.

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keeweechic
Mar 08, 2004

Rocket Park

Rocket Park was closed to the public following the 9/11 attack. Later in 2002, it was reopened with strict guidelines.

Your tram will bring you to the park but your guide will enforce the rules of remaining on the footpaths only and no venturing onto the grass areas for photos.

Photo is of Apollo Saturn V.

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keeweechic
Mar 08, 2004
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It All Happens Here

The centre manages the development, testing, production and delivery of all U.S. human spacecraft, and all human spacecraft-related functions. This includes the life support systems; power systems; crew equipment; electrical power generation and distribution; guidance, navigation and control, cooling systems, structures, flight software, robotics, and spacesuits and spacewalking equipment.

A glassed walkway takes you across all the various pieces of equipment which is explained to you in about 3 stages.

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keeweechic
Mar 08, 2004

The Rocket Park

Probably the most spectacular part of my visit to Houston, this is totally FREE!! If you are in the area and don't have too much time or don't want to pay 20$ for a visit of the Space Center, this is defintely a must see!!
You first have to pass through a small security check and you may then park your car close to the park.
You can then walk along this Saturn V rocket, this is the kind of rocket that has sent the Apollo missions to the Moon. Try to imagine the fury of the fire out of its huge reactors...

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Djinn76
Dec 21, 2003

The Space Center

This was the main goal of my visit to Houston. This is the official visitor center of the NASA's Johnson Space Center, the NASA's center from where the different Apollo missions were controlled.

I have spent there an afternoon, but this was slightly too short, count at least a day if you want to see everything.

The different exhibits are mainly an illustrated story of the spatial conquest. Mostly turned to the past (Apollo,...), there is also some parts about the present (ISS) and the future programs (settlement on the Moon, March exploration,...).

This picture, for example, shows the project of an emergency shuttle for an orbital station.

The visit is quite interesting, children will love it, there are plenty of experiences and animations dedicated to them. I was however slightly deceived, I was expecting something more technical or scientific but I guess all visitors are not engineer...

This is not really in the center of Houston but some 50 miles south of it.

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Djinn76
Dec 21, 2003

The Tram Tour

Don't miss the tram tour, this is one of the most interesting activities.

I have been able to see the actual astronaut training facilities and the historical Command Center from where the Apollo missions were controlled.

This is amazing to realise they have been able to send people to the moon with such primitive technologies (your actual PC is way more powerfull than the "supercomputer" that was controlling everything at that time)

Apparently the different tours don't always have the same destinations, it could eventually be interesting to do several of them (but count one hour for each)

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Dec 21, 2003

Things to Do Near NASA Johnson Space Center

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Kemah Boardwalk

Sadly, much of Kemah was destroyed by Hurricane Ike. The pictures are amazing. You can find them online. I'm not sure when Kemah will be back to normal. Please check the website for updates. Kemah...
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Battleship Texas

Also located by the San Jacinto Battleground is the Battleship Texas State Historic Site. The Battleship Texas is the last remaining Dreadnought-class ship and the only surviving battleship to have...
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Museum of Natural Science

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is another of the outstanding museums in the Museum District. It is located on the northern edge of Hermann Park and is like five museums in one. They offer the:...
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Zoo

A great but not overwhelming size zoo with a decent collection of animals. The zoo is in Herman park along with the natural History museum just east of Rice university. This is definitely worth seeing...
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Holocaust Museum

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". The Holocaust Museum in Houston is the 4th largest in the country. This is NOT a museum to enjoy; it is a museum to pause and reflect,...
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Museum District

Now for me, this is the number one attraction in Houston. Over 20 (I think the Houston Bicycle Museum makes 21) museums in a relatively small area. You can park your car and walk to many of the...
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Getting to NASA Johnson Space Center

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2101 Nasa Pkwy., Houston, TX 77058

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  • Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Monday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 18:00

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