Space Center Houston Has Extended Hours During The Holidays To Present New Exhibits

A future mission to Mars, the Orion capsule, the newest space rovers and deep space exploration are some of the topics covered.


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Visitors design their own deep space adventure in Space Center Houston's
Visitors design their own deep space adventure in Space Center Houston's "Be the Astronaut" exhibit, which explores the solar system using interactive technology.

With extended hours during the holiday season, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Space Center Houston is presenting some new exhibits that focus on some of NASA's projects for the near future.

Among other topics, the exhibits present interesting new information about deep space exploration and a future mission to Mars, which could be launched sometime around 2040.

Paul Spana, Exhibits Manager at Space Center, says one of the main attractions during the holiday season will be the "Be the Astronaut" exhibit because it's a very interactive experience.

"You fly to Mars in one simulator and once you complete that portion of the mission then you move over to another simulator where you then land on Mars," noted Spana.

Visitors will also be able to see prototypes of spacesuits for future missions and a full scale model of the Orion capsule, which is part of NASA's newest rocket, the SLS.

Another feature of the exhibits is the Space Exploration Vehicle or SEV.

Dr. David Kring is a researcher and instructor with Houston-based Universities Space Research Association.

He explained the SEV "is designed for a crew of two optimally, although it can support a crew of four. It is designed to operate, generally speaking, in the vicinity of an asteroid."

Presentations from astronauts who train at Johnson Space Center are also part of the activities offered during the holidays.

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