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Lone Star Flight Museum receives historic NASA shuttle simulator for permanent exhibition

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A piece of NASA history made the steady trip to the Lone Star Flight Museum on Tuesday, where it is being permanently housed and on display for space enthusiasts.

The Shuttle Mission Simulator Motion Base, or SMS-MB, was captured on camera by SkyEye as it made the slow approach to the museum located next to Ellington Field in southeast Houston.

According to the museum, the SMS-MB was integral throughout NASA’s run for its space shuttle program. It was first used in the 1970s to support the first shuttle mission in 1981.

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Discover Space Center Houston’s top five cosmic spring attractions


Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle and pilot an airplane during Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster, throughout March.

“Visitors will feel like an explorer on the ultimate mission,” said Richard Allen, president and CEO for the nonprofit Space Center Houston. “Plan a full-day adventure and navigate your way through hands-on activities in the new spring exhibit, board the tram tour and walk through the giant Independence Plaza complex.”

There are more than 400 things to see and do, plus special opportunities just for Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring. Visitors can enter the one-of-a-kind exhibit, Independence Plaza, dedicated to the historic shuttle era; have fun in an all-new interactive exhibit that explores the exciting modes of transportation; and meet an astronaut as a part of the center’s Cosmic Spring line-up.

Make it your mission to accomplish all top five Cosmic Spring experiences.

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    Independence Plaza presented by Boeing: The new exhibit brings the 30-year Space Shuttle Program to life with interactive exhibits and an up-close look at many NASA artifacts – all inside a full shuttle replica mounted on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft. Stand inside the giant plane, walk inside the shuttle and see astronaut living quarters.

  1. Going Places – the Technology of Transport, presented by the city of Webster now through May 1: Discover the technology that transforms how we live in Space Center Houston’s interactive spring exhibit. The North American premiere, Going Places, designed and produced by Scitech and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, is an interactive science exhibit that explores the technology developed for travel. With hands-on displays, visitors will fly an airplane, ride a hovercraft or race a friend on a recumbent bicycle.
  1. NASA Tram Tour: Go behind-the-scenes to see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center. The NASA Tram Tour is expanded for Cosmic Spring and takes visitors to see the state-of-the-art astronaut training facilities; the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where astronauts train for spacewalks in the zero gravity pool; Historic Mission Control, a national historic landmark where NASA monitored missions to the moon; and Rocket Park, where the enormous Saturn V Rocket is housed.
  1. Meet an Astronaut: See a real space pioneer and hear stories about their space adventures every Friday with extra engagements March 14-18 and March 24.  See astronauts Clay Anderson, Ken Cameron, Leroy Chiao, Mike McCulley, Brain Duffy, Mike Foreman and Mark Polansky. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what it takes to become an astronaut and hear fascinating stories from brave men who spent time in space.
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    “Journey To Space:” Watch a film about the exciting work happening at NASA in the newly updated Space Center Theater. With stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen, the film tells the story of historic space explorations and future missions to land astronauts on Mars. Learn about the future spacesuit design, the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS) that will allow astronauts to explore deep space.

To enhance your visit, Space Center Houston has launched a new Astronaut Audio Tour with first-hand stories from space pioneers, beautiful photos and exciting videos that tell the rich history and sparkling future of human space exploration. There’s even a new children’s audio tour featuring a quiz game with colorful illustrations to help youngsters learn about the museum’s out-of-this world collection and interactive activities. Don’t miss the interactive games and the wealth of information that tell the evolution of human space exploration.

Save on admission with a CityPASS and explore Space Center Houston plus four other top attractions. Purchase a CityPASS in-person or online at Space Center Houston has expanded hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on March 12-27. Visitors are encouraged to beat the crowds by arriving early and reserving a free timed ticket for a designated time for the most popular activities: the shuttle Independence and the tram tour.

There are three easy ways to reserve a timed ticket. Prior to a visit, reserve a ticket at Or upon arriving at the center, go first to the timed-ticket stations at the Membership Desk where a Crew Member can assist in reserving a spot, or use your mobile device at to reserve a tour. For tips on planning your trip, go to

Meet Astronauts, ride a Hovercraft and board the new exhibit Independence Plaza at Space Center Houston


shutle-interior-Z3C_0467Meet an astronaut, walk inside a space shuttle, ride a hovercraft and watch a film on a new giant theater screen at Space Center Houston’s Cosmic Spring, presented by the city of Webster, during March. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

Visitors can explore Space Center Houston’s top five Cosmic Spring attractions for the ultimate adventure this spring. Board the tram tour and see history in the making at NASA Johnson Space Center; meet an astronaut; enter the new one-of-a-kind exhibit Independence Plaza, touch interactive displays and discover the historic shuttle era; and have fun in the interactive spring exhibit “Going Places – the Technology of Transport,” sponsored by the city of Webster. The new exhibit explores the exciting modes of transportation with multiple hands-on displays. Watch the film “Journey to Space” in Space Center Theater, which re-opens March 1 with stunning 4K ultra-high definition, new audio and an all-new giant screen. For tips on planning your trip, visit

The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space museum with an extensive science education program. The cornerstone of its science education mission is Space Center Houston, which USA Today called “The Big Draw” in the greater Houston area with nearly 1 million visitors annually and a $73 million annual economic impact on the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. The center draws more than 100,000 teachers and students annually from around the world. For more information, go to



Space Center Houston’s winter camps bring holiday fun to young explorers


Engineer a rocket or build a rover while learning about science with fun, hands-on activities at Space Center Houston’s winter camps, Dec. 21-23 and 28-30.

Engineer a rocket or build a rover while learning about science with fun, hands-on activities at Space
Center Houston’s winter camps, Dec. 21-23 and 28-30.

HOUSTON — Space Center Houston’s educational winter camps challenge future young space cadets with robotics, rocketry and adventures about the red planet this Dec. 21-23 and 28-30.

“Campers will have fun and learn about engineering a rover, exploring the world of science fiction using light sabers and hovercrafts and how 3D printing works,” said Daniel Newmyer, Director of Education for the nonprofit. “As an educational center, our winter camps bring learning to life in exciting, hands-on activities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Through interactive, immersive educational programs, Space Center Houston offers a diverse collection of winter camps perfect for ages 4-11:

  • Astronaut Training II – Find out how astronauts train for a mission. Discover the physical health requirements for astronauts and tackle the “Advanced Astronaut Training” obstacle course designed especially for older cadets. Conduct experiments, practice flying and land a space shuttle.
  • Facing Mars! – Discover what the red planet is all about. Campers will learn what it takes to land a rover and investigate the science and engineering needed to plan and execute a mission to Mars.
  • Rocket Combustion – Learn how rocket engines work and see real explosions. Explore the science behind rocket propulsion and discover how NASA is testing various systems for future space vehicles. Campers will build and take home their own spaceship.
  • Invention Dimension – Step into a world of limitless imagination and discover the stories behind famous inventions. Learn about the many NASA inventions we use every day. This camp will spark creatively as they design their own inventions.
  • Science Fiction Meets Space Realities II – Explore how lasers work and try to survive a laser battle. Days will be filled with discovery and learning about the mysteries behind the force of magnets. Campers will learn about starships and speeders of the past and apply their knowledge to build their own working hovercrafts.
  • Robot Ruckus – Power up and enter the world of robots. Campers will discover how NASA uses robots to help explore the solar system. Build a robotic rover and even enjoy a little robot-style dancing.

Camps are $55 per day and Space Center Houston members, NASA employees and NASA-badged contractors receive a 10% discount off registration year-round. Others can learn about discount offers by visiting our website.

Become a Space Center Houston Member for as little as $26.95 and help the museum preserve its artifacts and provide educational programs to disadvantaged youth. Return free as often as you like during the year with free parking, special events and much more. Register today before camps fill up. To register, visit or call (281) 283-4755.

The next landmark event at Space Center Houston is the Jan. 23 opening of Independence Plaza, a multi-exhibit complex featuring a full-scale shuttle replica on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft.

The eight-story-tall complex will open as the only exhibit of its kind in the world with educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For more information about Space Center Houston, visit

Nationally awarded education director joins Space Center Houston


Newmyer-Daniel-Cropped-Tan-BackgroundTop executives continue to land at Space Center Houston. The educationally focused nonprofit’s latest management addition is Daniel Newmyer, a nationally awarded space science educator and business owner appointed as the new director of education.

Newmyer is a seasoned educator with approximately 20 years combined in formal and informal education and 20 years of business leadership and project management experience. Newmyer will lead the center’s interactive educational programs attended by more than 100,000 educators and students annually from around the world.

“Daniel is a dynamic visionary in education who has been connecting students with innovation, creative thinking and problem-solving skills for more than a decade,” said Tracy Lamm, chief operating officer of the nonprofit. “With his hands-on teaching experience and extensive knowledge in research-based education practices, the center’s growing educational programs will empower students and educators in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

His tremendous academic experience most recently includes serving as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow in the Office of Education for NASA Headquarters and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In that role, Newmyer led the development and implementation of NASA Goddard Mission’s Educational Moment Opportunities for STEM and informal Student Leadership Forums for kindergarten through 12th grade. He also delivered educator professional development programs to Maryland Master Educators and an informal science lesson at the White House.

Newmyer was a secondary math and science teacher at Center (Colorado) Consolidated School District where he designed engaging curriculum and implemented award-winning scientific research and informal STEM-based programs.

In his career, Newmyer managed business operations and water development projects as president of NWP Drilling and Consulting, LLC. He also partnered with organizations to offer training to local people in Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique on groundwater and community development. He created and taught a weeklong course at his company’s home site to teach people how to do humanitarian water projects.

“My philosophy in education is to meet people where they are and empower them through discovery to change the world around them,” Newmyer said.

Newmyer received the national 2013 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, which is given annually to recognize creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel. He was named a Society for Science and the Public Fellow in 2009, a Siemens STEM Institute Fellow in 2011, Lockheed Martin Science Teacher of the Year in 2011 and Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2012 Wildlife Educator Facilitator of the Year.

He holds a master’s of education with honors and an emphasis on leadership and space science from Regis University in Denver, Colorado; a bachelor’s of science in business administration with a finance emphasis on entrepreneurship and international business from the University of Colorado in Boulder; and an associate of applied science in water well technology from Trinidad State Junior College in Alamosa, Colorado. Newmyer earned a professional teacher’s license from Colorado and is currently studying through Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region in Arlington, Virginia, for certification as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

The next landmark event at Space Center Houston is the Jan. 23 opening of Independence Plaza, a multi-exhibit complex featuring a full-scale shuttle replica on top of the original shuttle carrier aircraft. The eight-story-tall complex will open as the only exhibit of its kind in the world with educational displays focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  For more information about Space Center Houston, visit

Space Center Houston announces opening of international landmark


IMG_6217Space Center Houston will open the new international landmark Independence Plaza on Jan. 23.

The eight-story-tall multiple-exhibit complex is the biggest project for the nonprofit since the center opened in 1992 and features a shuttle replica mounted on top of the first shuttle carrier aircraft.

“Completing Independence Plaza is the result of years of planning and dedication by many generous people from the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation, NASA Johnson Space Center and donors throughout the country,” said Richard E. Allen Jr., president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “Thanks to hundreds of supporters, this incredible exhibit will challenge visitors to think about innovation and creativity.”

The announcement comes on the anniversary of the first free flight of a shuttle on Aug. 12, 1977, when Enterprise was released from atop what is now Space Center Houston’s shuttle carrier aircraft, NASA 905. That SCA ferried shuttles 223 times and now carries the high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence, the world’s only shuttle mounted on an SCA and the only place where the public will be able to enter both.

21UD-094EThe jumbo-sized complex will give visitors a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and the NASA breakthroughs and technological advances gained from the shuttle program, which impacted future exploration. An elevator tower will take visitors inside both the shuttle and the airplane. In the shuttle they will see the flight deck, mid-deck, payload bay and exhibits. The airplane will have multiple exhibits in seven different areas that explore innovation, science and technology. Visitors will see inside the plane’s cockpit and learn how the plane was retrofitted to carry the shuttle.

Supporting Space Center Houston’s educational mission, the exhibits also emphasize problem-solving concepts and possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It honors those who designed, built and flew in America’s space shuttle program by recounting stories from astronauts, engineers and pilots.  The plaza shows the key role NASA Johnson Space Center played in the shuttle’s development and looks to the future at research and science happening now at NASA.

IMG_6207The exhibit complex will host educational programs and be used for special and private events in and around the plane. Visit to learn more.

The nonprofit has raised $10.1 million in the $12 million capital campaign called Bring the Legacy Home. To join the many generous donors who honored the remarkable story of the shuttle program, visit