Houston Space Center – NASA

Houston… we don’t have a problem, but you do. It’s called a canceled space program! What kid hasn’t dreamed of being an astronaut? I know I have! Now, what can they say to the children who visit the Houston Space Center? You want to be an astronaut? Sorry, kid… space exploration is made for drones now.

Houston Space Center - NASA

Houston Space Center - NASA

Okay… so I’m a little sad the program that put our mark on the moon no longer exists. Nevertheless, the Space Center was still a childhood dream I’ve always wanted to see. Because we were on a time crunch of 2 hours we were a bit limited to what we could see. It was just enough to see the main building, and the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) tour.

The center of the main building had an abyssal zone. A giant squid model lay in the middle with walls surrounding explaining other deep sea life and their environment. On one side of the building featured an amazing looking play center for kids. I would’ve had no problem playing in it at this age! Models of satellites, space stations, shuttles, and astronaut outfits hung from the ceiling.

Houston Space Center - NASA

Houston Space Center - NASA

We tried on space helmets, walked through a half model of a shuttle, and played around with some video type flight training simulations.

Houston Space Center - NASA - space helmets

Houston Space Center - NASA - space helmets

Houston Space Center - NASA - a tour of the shuttle

Houston Space Center - NASA - a tour of the shuttle

We didn’t have time to see the galaxy theater, but we had just enough to hop on the NBL tour. We took a tour bus a few blocks away from the main building to the Sonny Carter Training Facility.

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

It was great seeing where astronauts did “zero gravity” training. We could only see the pool from the 2nd story, but it was amazing to see the layout of it.

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab - the pool

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab - the pool

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Lab

I wish we had more time because I would’ve loved to see the space center and blast off theater, and take a tour of the control center and rocket area. It’s a place I’ll definitely try to go back to. Make sure if you’re visiting to get your tickets online as they’re 50% off!

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