Bay Area Houston Celebrates The Shuttle Replica Explorer

by Patty Kane

The ongoing story of human space exploration has received a major boost with the arrival of the new full-scale Shuttle replica, Explorer, to Bay Area Houston.

Having Explorer here in our community has set the stage for the opening of a new era in space exploration, outreach and education.

Once Explorer is fully installed and prepared for visitors, the public will be able to go inside the full-size replica as part of a behind-the-scenes look at life inside the Space Shuttle, an experience that will only be available at Space Center Houston.

“The arrival of the Space Shuttle attraction is the result of a great community-wide effort,” said Michael Coats, Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC). “Once open, the attraction will carry on the spirit of the Space Shuttle program by inspiring tomorrow’s space pioneers.”

As the official Visitor Center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston is the only place on earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures in space. Since 1992, this $75 million, 180,000 square foot complex has entertained and informed over 11 million guests from every corner of the globe. Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions, theatres and exhibits. In addition, the venue presents an amazing array of traveling exhibits and astounding events created exclusively by Space Center Houston’s own creative exhibit team. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway. For more information on Explorer and when it will be available to the public, visit

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