A long 3+ drive from Austin to Houston just to visit the Houston Space Center! Worth it, just wished we had spent more time inside the Space Center. The moment we turned into the street where the Space Center is located, I noticed a McDonalds with a figurine of an astronaut holding fries! That’s proof right there, that the Houston Space Center is right around the corner.
As soon as we entered the parking lot, we were greeted by the colossal Independence space shuttle on display. At the entrance, we were given a map of the Space Center with a schedule of the different attractions and shows. The most popular attraction is the NASA Tram Tour. If you don’t come early, you might see yourself waiting in the line for over 2 hours! The tram tour takes you through the grounds of the Space Center and for me personally, my favorites were the trip to the Mission Control Center and to see the space shuttle itself.
Since we visited the Space Center during a weekend, we were allowed to see the Mission Control Center; it is closed to visitors on week days! I thought it was pretty amazing! Pretty much like what I’ve seen in the movies; but it’s a totally different feeling to actually see it in person.
Towards the end of the tour, the tram dropped us near the grounds where there is an actual space shuttle! This was the first time in my life that I actually saw a space shuttle and was mind-blown! Massive and fabulous. Pictures of various Apollo missions and astronauts were all around the walls and I took a picture of this quote that is close to my heart!
After finishing the tram tour, we also watched a short video of the first mission to the Moon, walked inside the space orbital’s cockpit and strolled around reading interesting facts about astronomy, astronauts and the historical accomplishments. I was fascinated by the displays of moon rock samples. An amazing and educational day inside the Houston Space Center!