Space Center Houston: A Weekend Trip for Your Little Space Fan
By: Kara Bachman
Many children are fascinated by both the science and mystery of outer space.
Plenty coast kids have developed interest all things celestial after participating in a cool space camp at Stennis Space Center, or after visiting the Center’s Infinity Science Center.
Just a half-day’s drive away in Houston, Tx., NASA has something special going on. Checking it out might be a great weekend getaway for families seeking a quick trip or alternative activity during Mardi Gras week.
In addition to Space Center Houston’s regular exhibits and tours, through March 18, visitors will also have a rare opportunity to see actual capsules that were used in the first and last moon landings, among other items that were used on the moon.
According to a NASA press release, the exhibit features the Apollo 11 command module, which had been at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. since 1971. It has left its spot at the Smithsonian for the first time ever. Space Center Houston is the first stop in this 4-city tour.
Houston is special, however. Not only is it a reasonable driving distance for South Mississippi families, but it’s also the only tour stop where visitors will be able to see both the first and last moon modules exhibited together, as Space Center Houston is also permanent home to the command module used in Apollo 17, the last mission to land on the moon.
The exhibit also includes 20 cool artifacts, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s visor and gloves that were worn in space; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph (you’ll have to ask them what that is — to be honest, we at P&K have no idea!); lunar sample containers; and more.
A Weekend Trip:
“Destination Moon: The Apollo Mission” will be on display through March 18
At the extensive Space Center Houston, located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas
For more information including details on permanent exhibits, ticket prices, and hours, visit Spacecenter.org.
Closer to home:
INFINITY Science Center
One Discovery Circle, Pearlington, Mississippi
(I-10 Exit 2 South, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast)
Kara Bachman is an author, editor, and freelance entertainment, culture and parenting journalist. She’s a married mom to two teenage children who loved both Stennis Space Center as well as Space Center Houston when they were little kids. Find out more at KaraMartinezBachman.com.