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Space Center Houston is reopening with new exhibits

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Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center, is reopening on July 1. It will boast new exhibits, spacious outdoor experiences and additional health and safety measures.

Space Center Houston’s protocols include social distancing, special hours for vulnerable people, and face masks for guests and employees amid COVID-19.

Additionally, there will be self-scan turnstiles, sanitising stations, plexiglass shields at ticket counters, and a walk-through experience of the galleries.

“We have been diligently working to enhance our guest experience while implementing additional health and safety procedures,” said William T Harris, president and CEO.

Special hours for vulnerable people at Space Center

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Space Center Houston

“When guests return to Space Center Houston, we want you to feel safe and inspired through our authentic science learning experiences.”

Visitors will need to book a timed admission ticket for entry to the museum, as daily capacity will be limited. Space Center Houston will release a visitor guide soon.

Under current state guidelines, the theaters will remain closed. However, the museum is adapting by adding new live shows in open spaces.

Upon reopening, visitors will be among the first to see the new permanent exhibit, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which is displayed outside.

New exhibit is the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

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Space Center Houston

In addition, the NASA Tram Tour will take guests to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where astronauts train for current missions.

It will also take guests to Rocket Park, where an Apollo Saturn V is on display. Visitors will receive a free virtual boarding pass to book the NASA Tram Tour.

According to a press release, Space Center Houston experiences are subject to change while the attraction monitors state and local guidelines for reopening.

Space Center Houston previously unveiled the restored Apollo Mission Control Center ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 2019.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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