Space Center Houston
Lonely Planet review for Space Center Houston
Dream of a landing on the moon? You can’t get any closer (without years of training) than at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center and museum of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. When the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) opened in 1961 it practically put Houston on the map. Despite exuding a theme-park vibe, interactive exhibits nonetheless entertain. Hope that on your NASA Tram tour you get to see astronauts training for future missions; if not, you still get to peek into several actual working areas of the Space Center, such as both the current and the historic Mission Control Center (you know, the ‘Houston’ of the famous Apollo 13 line ‘Houston, we have a problem’) and the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. Kids will dig ‘The Feel of Space’ module, where they can get answers to essential questions like ‘How do you eat in space?’ and ‘Can I access my Facebook account in space?’ IMAX fans will go gaga for the Blastoff Theater, which might be the next best thing to actually launching in space, without the side effects of zero gravity. If your personal version of hell is kids running around pretending to be astronauts, avoid visiting on school holidays.