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Space Center Houston

1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, Harris County, Texas, 77058

Space Center Houston Shuttle atop Carrier
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Space Center Houston is a science museum which serves as the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The center opened in 1992 replacing the former Visitor Center in Johnson Space Center Building 2. the 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2) museum displays 400 space artifacts, permanent and traveling exhibits, and theaters with a focus on the history of the human spaceflight program.

Starship gallery includes three flown spacecraft, several used in training, and a display of Moon rocks.

Space Center Houston is the home of the one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza exhibit complex. This landmark attraction contains the world's only Space Shuttle replica, where it stands mounted on one of the two original shuttle carrier aircraft. Independence Plaza is the only place where the public can enter both vehicles. The Space Shuttle replica Independence, formerly known as Explorer, previously was located at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex but was moved to make way for a new permanent attraction hall for Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The exhibit Mission Mars opened in January 2017 and was developed with the help of NASA. It focuses on the work NASA is doing now to plan for future travel to Mars.

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