Last midweek we spent a couple of days in Houston for Nick’s 36th birthday. Though we spent a little time exploring the city, our main reason for visiting was for NASA Space Center. Just a short drive from Kemah, where we had stayed, we spent an entire day at the space center, touring the facility and exploring the exhibits on site.
Inside the Astronaut Gallery
Riding a tram tour outside the main Exhibit Plaza, we visited several buildings: Mission Control, Building 9, Saturn V. Inside Building 9, the Vehicle Mock-up Facility, we saw mock-ups of International Space Stations, robots and the new Orion capsule.
Over at the Rocket Park, we saw the Saturn V rocket. It was the rocket that played a major role in successfully transporting and landing American astronauts on the moon during the Apollo missions. Over 36 stories tall, this Saturn V is one of only three left in existence.
Back at the Exhibit Plaza, we watched a film, Human Destiny, at the Starship Gallery and explored the spacecraft and moon rock museum afterwards.
If you should visit, blocking out an entire day is almost necessary to fully experience everything. The wait can be long for the must-do tram tour, so I advise visiting on a weekday if possible. For a Wednesday, we still waited a while before making the ride. Even so, we definitely enjoyed our time here at the space center.