It earned a place as a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in The center also hosts STEM programs for all ages. This artifact 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. While the museum scored well in commitment and logistics, it scored poorly on popularity among international visitors and was not affiliated with either the Smithsonian or American Association of Museums. Of the three remaining Saturn V rockets on display, only the one at JSC is made up of segments intended for flight. The first stage of this Saturn V rocket is from SA originally intended for the cancelled Apollo 19 , the second stage from SA originally intended for the cancelled Apollo 20 , and the third stage from SA, which was not needed after it was replaced by the Skylab workshop.
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Learn more. Our space and science exploration learning center has more than things to see and do. We have the largest collections of spacesuits and Moon rocks on public display in the world. Space Center Houston is the premier authentic and immersive learning center for science and space exploration. We believe STEM education drives curiosity and achievement and should be available to all.
Starship Gallery at Space Center Houston is home to multiple flown spacecraft and national treasures. Get an up-close look at some of the most amazing artifacts that trace the progression of human space exploration. Explore a comprehensive collection of spacesuits representing the men and women of space exploration. See the ejection suit that astronaut John Young wore on the first shuttle flight in Go inside the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane.