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Space the Final Frontierin Houston?

Apr 3, 2008
You just cannot help but have a fascination for space and the travel therein. Since the day that man first turned his eyes skyward, to the stars and the planets, there has been an internal yearning to know more, to experience that which is unreachable. Since the dawning of the twentieth century, the unreachable has become reachable and has been reached on several occasions. Still, even armed with the knowledge that the stars are no longer out of reach, the fascination and the yearning is still there in the heart and souls of mankind.

Unfortunately, the closest that most people ever get to the stars is to watch a space shuttle liftoff from their couch on their television set. Fortunately, now anyone can get a lot closer to the stars in the form of the Johnson Space Center/Space Center Houston in Houston Texas. This makes for the ultimate family vacation, particularly in the families that have small children. After the inspirational tour of this magnificent offshoot of the NASA establishment, your child might just become the first man or woman to set foot on Mars.

When you walk into this fine establishment, you will instantly get the feeling that you have stepped into the distant future, where colonies on space stations and faraway planets are the norm. While here, you will wander through magnificent high technology looking hallways with one exhibit after another. One of the many fantastic exhibits that you will come across while here is the Space Center Theatre. In this massive indoor auditorium you will find yourself looking at an unbelievably large five-story tall theater screen. The movie shown here is one outlining the life of the average astronaut, from the moment of realizing the dream of becoming an astronaut all the way to the return trip from outer space. Due to the size of the screen, one tends to feel as if they are actually seeing this in person, and really blasting off into space.

For the younger members of your family or group, there is the Kids Space Place exhibit. Here you will find a wide variety of different fun-filled attractions that will keep the kids occupied for hours on end. There is a giant four-story playground that entertains while teaching the children the ins and outs of the space frontier. The children can pilot their own virtual space shuttle or ride amazing tube slides, all in one massive room. There are also benches nearby for the parents so they can catch their breath after a day of wandering through this massive collection of space oddities and exhibits. Then if you get hungry, you can always wander over to the Zero G Diner for an interstellar level meal or snack.

If you are looking to explore the inexplicable, to reach the unreachable, and to boldly go where no vacation has gone before, then schedule the Space Center Houston in as one of your day-long stops on your next great Houston Texas vacation getaway.
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