Houston Space Center

What is the first phrase that comes to mind when you think of Houston? For me, it is the iconic, “Houston, we have a problem…” line from the movie Apollo 13. So, during our brief stay in Houston we took the opportunity to visit the iconic NASA facility that managed all of the Apollo missions and to whom those words were addressed: the Houston Space Center.

There are 5 major components to the public portion of the facility: a central display area that is reminiscent of the Smithsonian air and space museum; a space shuttle mounted on a 747, with attached structure that allows you to walk into and explore each section; and three areas accessible only on a tram tour: “rocket park,” where you see three original rockets; the astronaut training facility, and mission control.

We ran out of time (and energy), and did not make it to mission control, but spent time in the other 4 portions of the center. Here are our top 10 pictures of the day.