New Space Center Exhibit Opens Saturday In Houston

  • Jan 21, 2016 8:44am GMT

Independence Plaza will open on Saturday becoming the newest international landmark at the Space Center in Houston. A space craft and an aircraft both large enough to house their own exhibits.

Visitors will enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic original NASA 905 shuttle carrier, which they can also explore. *(see photos and video below)** It will be the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only one allowing the public to enter both. Multiple exhibits will give a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration.

Fitting Space Center Houston’s mission, the exhibits will explore problem-solving concepts; possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and examples of innovation from the shuttle era.

The landmark experience is included with general admission, but timed access ticketing will be used to manage the number of people expected to enter the shuttle’s smaller space in order to enhance the guest experience.

The giant multi-exhibit complex is the biggest project of the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation since it built and opened Space Center Houston in 1992. The nonprofit has raised $10.1 million in the $12 million capital campaign called Bring the Legacy Home.

Space Center Houston, dubbed the “Big Draw” by USA Today in 2014, is Houston’s top attraction for international visitors, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. Since opening in 1992, Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 17 million visitors and currently hosts nearly 1 million visitors annually in its 183,000-square-foot educational entertainment complex. It has a $45 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area according to a 2010 study by a University of Houston-Clear Lake economist.

I'm looking forward to being the announcer at this year's Wings Over Houston Airshow and hope to get a chance to visit the new exhibit.

PHOTOS & VIDEO Space Center Houston