At Astronaut Days, organized by Space Center Houston, guests can meet and even train with veteran NASA astronauts.

Attention Space lovers! This summer, travel to “Infinity and Beyond” by unlocking the mysteries around life in space with real-life veteran astronauts at Space Center Houston’s “Astronaut Days” event from August 5-8. 

Hop on-board with friends and family to embark on a fun-filled inter-galactic adventure that will deepen your understanding of the universe and its explorers. What’s more, guests will have the opportunity to meet an astronaut, train like an astronaut, have breakfast with an astronaut and even hear first-hand space exploration stories from NASA astronauts. From activities like Mission Memories with space experts and insightful Q&A sessions to bingo and book signings–take your pick from the astronaut schedule before making a safe landing back to earth. 

Check out this schedule to know about space-themed activities lined up at Astronaut Days, organized by the Space Center Museum.


1. Ask an Astronaut 

At this interactive Q&A session, hear first-hand space exploration accounts from an ace NASA astronaut every day from 12 – 12:20 p.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m at Rocket Park.

2. Breakfast with an Astronaut

Get a glimpse into the space program from an astronaut’s point-of-view while enjoying a delicious meal catered by the Wolfgang Puck. Afterwards, join in a Q&A session with the veteran space explorer, which will allow participants maximum access to a NASA astronaut. As a memento, event-goers will also receive a personalized photograph from the guest astronaut. Breakfast with an Astronaut occurs Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in The Food Lab and includes admission to the iconic Space Center Houston. 

Adult tickets are priced at $99.95 and child (ages 4-11) tickets at $79.95. Guest capacity is limited to allow for a more intimate experience.

3. Train like an Astronaut

Children from ages 4-12 can train like an astronaut through interactive challenges. Put your mind and body to the test with an obstacle course, agility training sessions and a puzzle everyday at the Independence Plaza from 12:30 – 12:50 p.m. and 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Register onsite in advance the day of your visit. Note, space is limited.

4. Astronaut Mission Memories 

Join a NASA astronaut as they share some of their mission memories at the Space Center Theatre every Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 – 1:50 p.m. Astronaut Mission Memories are included in general admission.Check out this schedule to learn more about the astronauts and when they are scheduled to speak.

5. Games, Photos and more! 

Indulge in games like astronaut bingo, tease your memory with space movie trivia, and take a photo to cherish in a spacesuit at the Astronaut Gallery. Also, get a taste of space with dishes inspired by NASA-Johnson Space Center’s iconic All-American Meal, prepared by Space Center Houston partner Wolfgang Puck Catering.


Rex Walheim is a veteran of three space flights. He has spent more than 36 days in space, and logged over 36 hours in five spacewalks. Walheim served on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. 

Don Thomas is a veteran of four space flights. He logged over 43 days in space. In his last assignment, he served as the ISS Program Scientist overseeing NASA experiments performed on the International Space Station.

Mark Polanksy is a veteran of three space flights. He logged more than 41 days in space. Polansky also served as Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

All featured images are courtesy of Space Center Museum, Houston 

Tickets Information for Astronaut Days at Space Center Houston

General admission to the Space Center is usually $24.95 for children between 4 & 11 and $29.95 for people over 11 years of age. There are senior discounts and kids under 4 are free.

Ticket prices for events vary and include General Admission. For example the Space Expert Tour is $69.95 while Breakfast with an Astronaut is $99.95 for adults and $79.95 for children. For more details on ticket click here.

To save money on Space Center admission, check out our article on Discounts & Coupons at Space Center


Here’s another exciting activity for this summer: Reach for the stars at the magical HMNS Discovery Dome 

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