I can’t really say that my first six days in Houston were dull—in fact, it’s anything but as we got to try new things practically every day. But visiting Space Center Houston trumped all the previous activities we did so far.
Visiting the Space Center is probably the only itinerary that I had in mind long before arriving in Houston. I’ve always been fascinated by space and being an astronaut is the first aspiration I had when I was little, so this visit is probably the closest I could get to actual astronaut-stuff and NASA.
Space Center Houston is some distance away from Downtown but surprisingly, it’s just a bus ride away! But since I was with friends from the office, we took an Uber to get there. It’s much more expensive that taking the bus, but it’s arguably faster because it’s non-stop. We went to the Space Center from Dowtown Houston after lunch without realizing that it closes at 5PM (then). We arrived less than two hours before closing so there were no more tram tours. With little time on our hands, we strategized on how to go about our tour.
We started with looking at the displays around the floor. Some of them are actual memorabilia from actual missions and some of them are interactive. The interactions help visitors understand some of the concepts that we took for granted on earth but are challenging in space.
Next, we watched a documentary being played on the theater. As much as we’d like to stay long, we we’re pressed for time so we continued with the next displays.
One display got us a little worked up and that’s the one where you can touch an actual rock from the moon!
Afterwards, we continued exploring the displays until we reached this one that looked like a replica of space stations.
We also watched a live show that explains, in a very entertaining way, what it’s like to be an astronaut in space.
And finally, we went outside to go inside the space shuttle.
As per recommendation, we started at the top, at the space shuttle itself. This space shuttle is a replica but the plane it’s riding on is the actual plane that brings space shuttles like this one to places.
From the top level, I went down one level at a time until I got inside the plane level. It’s obviously much more spacious than the space shuttle and it has a lot more interesting displays in it.
We also got to try some astronaut food!
Coming out on the rear exit of the plane, you still have the opportunity to enjoy these amazing machines from the outside and take some photos. It’s just really amazing to think that all these are sitting on wheels!
All that walking made me hungry but unfortunately, since the Space Center is about to close, most stores were already closing that time so I just settled for some iced coffee from the vending machine. And with that, we had to make one last stop at the souvenir shop.
Space Center Houston was a very nice experience for me despite having so little time to explore. There were still so many things I would’ve wanted to see and try, but I think we were able to get the most of our time there. I guess that means I still have reasons to return when I get back to Houston!
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- A Journey of Superlatives
- Taoyuan International and EVA Air Infinity Lounge
- Houston, We’ve Arrived!
- Exploring Houston
- Space Center Houston
- Hello Again, San Francisco!
- Delayed in Detroit
- New York City
- The Statue of Liberty
- Niagara Falls
- Washington, D.C.
- The High Line
- Central Park
- More of NYC