For the first time in years NASA’s Johnson Space Center will open to the public from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27 to celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary and the International Space Station’s 20th anniversary, according to a press release from the office of Dave Martin, Houston City Council District E member.
Residents will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA’s operations and historic accomplishments as NASA prepares to return to the moon and travel to Mars. Attendees will be able to see exhibits such as moon rocks, full-size mockups of the International Space Station, spacecraft and more, according to the release.
“As we celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary, Johnson Space Center has played a key role in leading human space exploration and has been a part of the vibrant Houston community for nearly six decades,” Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer said in the release. “While the past 60 years represent the best of our country and the height of American ingenuity, the talented, dedicated and diverse team here in ‘space city’ Houston is excited about the next chapter in spaceflight as we work to launch humans farther into the solar system.”
NASA opened Oct. 1, 1958, after it was founded in July. NASA helped launch the first part of the International Space Station on Nov. 20, 1998.