Space Center Houston is 25 mi. s.e. via I-45, then 3 mi. e. to 1601 NASA Pkwy. The official visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center tells the story of America's human space flight program through historic artifacts, hands-on exhibits, live presentations and behind-the-scenes tours.
Visitors can touch a moon rock and climb aboard Independence, a replica shuttle mounted on top of the original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. Spacecraft on display include Mercury, Gemini and the Apollo 17 capsule, Skylab and Lunar Module Trainers. The Astronaut Gallery features spacesuits from every era of space exploration.
The NASA Tram Tours take visitors to NASA Johnson Space Center and makes stops at the restored Apollo Mission Control Center, Astronaut Training Facility and Rocket Park.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 5 hours minimum.