Operated by the Manned Space Flight Educational Foundation, Space Center Houston is the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It is one of Houston's top attractions, having welcomed millions of visitors since its opening in 1992. The large facility features 250,000-square-feet of educational program space and permanent and traveling exhibit space. Numerous space-related items are on display including the Mercury 9 capsule, the Gemini 5 capsule, the Apollo 17 command module, and the largest collection of moon rocks and lunar samples on public display. Other items include the lectern President John F. Kennedy used during the speech at Rice University when he announced plans to land an American on the moon, ejection seats, and spacesuits. Just next to the building is Independence Plaza, which features an original shuttle carrier and a replica of the shuttle Independence mounted on the carrier. Visitors are able to go inside both. The Center also offers open-air tram tours of the Johnson Space Center.
"About Us." Space Center Houston. Accessed March 10, 2018. https://spacecenter.org/general-info/about.
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