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Houston we have lift off!

Watching the space walk by the  UK astronaut Tim Peake brought back memories of the brilliant visit that Papa Joe and I made to Space Center Houston during our amazing Texas road trip.

We had to book well in advance for The Behind-the-Scenes ‘Level 9 VIP tour of NASA’. and saw areas where the astronauts train, and both the Historic and ISS Mission Control Centres. This tour also included lunch in the staff canteen where the trainee astronauts also eat, but we were not lucky enough to see any.

houston ISS 2

The International Space Station Mission Control – 22 ‎Oct ‎2014

While we were watching, we suddenly saw an astronaut float into view on the right hand screen and start to work some equipment.

houston ISS 1

The astronaut is just floating through the hatch

There are only 12 places on this special all day tour and any Mayhems have to be age 14+. However, the normal general admission ticket includes a 90 minute open-air tram tour which run throughout the day and is suitable for younger Mayhems. It is a good idea to book a free timed ticket for the tram tour from the website before you go or get a timed ticket as soon as you arrive at the center.

Suitable for 4+     —   level 9 tour 14+

Where: 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, Texas, USA77058 
Admission: Under 4 Free – senior discount
Website: spacecenter.org

Our tour actually took us into the Original Mission Control. The trolley tour also brings you here to a viewing gallery where you can look down into the control room.

houston flight control

At the Historic Control Centres desks where nine Gemini and all Apollo missions were monitored

Both tours take you to see the immense Saturn V rocket.  It is taller than either Big Ben or the Statue of Liberty (including base).

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Saturn V

 

As well as the tours there is plenty to see inside the center, you can even smell the moon.

houston moon rock

It doesn’t smell of cheese!!!

For the Mayhems, there are Science shows and ‘The Angry Bird’ area with experiments to try and an indoor soft play area.

houston science stage houston play area

I loved going inside the mock up of a shuttle and also finding out about the challenges of going into space.

houston shuttle mock up


Getting There 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, Texas, USA77058 
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