Houston, Texas: Space Center HoustonSee the original Mission Control in the slick new tram tour at Johnson Space Center.
- 1601 Nasa Pkwy, Houston, TX
- 25 miles south of downtown Houston, near Hobby Airport.
- Weekdays 10am-5pm Weekends 10am-6pm (Call to verify)
- Adults $20.95 Kids (4-11) $15.95 Seniors $18.95
Visitor Tips and News About Space Center Houston
If you are into space exploration and don't need to be sold as to its importance to Mankind, go for the Level 9 VIP ticket. They only give out 11 a day in this post 9-11 world, but you get closer access and behind the scenes views than any other over the counter ticket.[Christopher Schmitt, 07/09/2011]
The pandemonium of the main entrance area, with children and carnival barkers and gift shops and ice cream stands, makes one feel they have walked into the Big Top as opposed to one of the most historic locations of modern time.
Beyond the kiddie area, many nicely laid out and lit exhibits show mock ups and dioramas of what life in space was like from the beginnings to today.
What I found most awe inspiring was when our tour group was taken to the original Mission Control Room, the one that tracked and communicated with countless missions into space. This was where history was made, and I remember seeing this room many times on television as a child in the 1960s. It has not been used since the early 1970s and is still perfectly intact, right down to the vintage computer terminals with dial phones, and a red, "Hot Line" phone. Seeing the control room that helped put men on the moon alone is worth the price of admission to the Johnson Space Center.[D. Pruiksma, 08/19/2010]
Visitors to the old Johnson Space Center may be disappointed with the new, slick, "Space Center Houston." But if you haven't been there before, it may still have enough genuine space stuff to satisfy -- such as moon rocks, a lunar rover, and life-size training mockups of Skylab and the Space Shuttle.