7 hour private tour including lunch with a NASA astronaut, guided by your friendly space expert
Your 7 hour private tour will give you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. Your guide, "Rocket Man" Bill, will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand.
You will visit the NASA Space Center which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. The highlight of this tour is lunch with a real astronaut. ONLY AVAILABLE ON CERTAIN FRIDAYS OR SATURDAYS. In addition, you will see the actual hardware used to go to the moon, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, visit Mission Control to watch real time operations of the International Space Station, and visit the Space Shuttle. There will be ample free time for space souvenir shopping.
Your guide will pick you up at your Houston area hotel. Your drop off can be at your hotel or an alternate location such as the airport.
1. Pick up by private van at your hotel.
2. Drive to the Space Center Houston.
3. View an excellent movie introducing NASA's vision for human space flight.
4. Visit the Starship Gallery, touch a real moon rock and walk through an actual space station.
5. Go inside the Space Shuttle at Independence Plaza. Your guide worked on this engineering marvel for 17 years.
6. Lunch with a real NASA astronaut.
7. Personal time for souvenir shopping, and wandering around spacesuits and spacecraft.
8. Take a tram ride through the Johnson Space Center.
9. Visit Mission Control and see the live, real time operation of the International Space Station.
10. Visit the Rocket Park, including a guided walk around an actual Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It's the length of a football field…very impressive!!
11. Board the van and drive back to your hotel or the airport.
Your guide may choose to use a commercial service for transportation to your drop off location
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up will be at your Houston area hotel within 40 miles / 60 km of the Space Center. Please meet your guide at the main hotel entrance. Look for a silver Town and Country van. Your guide will be wearing a red NASA polo shirt and a red NASA baseball cap.
End location: Drop off will be at your Houston area hotel within 40 miles / 60 km of the Space Center. You can have an alternate drop off location such as one of the Houston area airports (HOU or IAH) or the downtown bus terminal.
Duration: 7 hours
Times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.
9:30 am Pick up at your local area hotel.
10:00 am Start your guided tour at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
12:00 am Lunch with a real NASA astronaut.
4:30 pm Drop off at your local area hotel.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country 7 passenger van
Estimated Local Cash Needed
2 usd - This tour provides general admission tickets to the Space Center Houston plus lunch with beverages, taxes and tips included. The only additional costs might be bottled water during the tram tour.
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Our guide was Rocket Bill & he was AWESOME! Very knowledgeable & shared his knowledge. My friend is recovering from a broken knee, so very slow, and Bill was very patient & talked while we waited for her. He offered to take our heavy bags to the car while we went on the guided tram ride. I'd ask for Bill again.