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From: Washington, DC USA
Registered: Dec 2006

posted 05-07-2008 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DCCollector   Click Here to Email DCCollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm now giving serious thought to planning a trip to Houston to visit the Johnson Space Center.

I wanted to see if anyone had thoughts, guidance, or suggestions for planning such a trip. I've heard mixed reviews of the Level Nine tour. Are there other sites in the area to put on an itinerary? Where should I stay?

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From: Houston, TX, USA
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posted 05-07-2008 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoneStar Scouter   Click Here to Email LoneStar Scouter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is quite a bit to do in Houston. I personally haven't done the level 9 tour as of yet, but I've heard it isn't bad.

As for other things to do, I recommend visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It has a lot of interesting artifacts, some hands on exhibits, a Challenger Learning Center, and some pretty good IMAX films. You can visit their website to see what all is going on.

As for a place to stay, there are a number of reputable hotel chains in the Clear Lake area including Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Motel 6, Days Inn, and Hilton just to name a few.


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From: Surrey, England
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posted 05-09-2008 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leslie   Click Here to Email leslie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been on the tour twice and was impressed with the detailed knowledge given on the tour. On my second tour the group I was with consisted of so called "space history experts", including an Apollo astronaut and all agreed the information given during the tour was most informative.


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From: Smithfield, Me, USA
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posted 05-09-2008 05:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow; sounds like a great time! My experience was not bad; we had a great time. But I did notice a few errors in my guide's explanations, and normally I knew more than she did on most subjects.


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From: London
Registered: Oct 2004

posted 03-12-2010 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eilisk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best way is to get down to JSC from where we'll be staying downtown?


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From: Cinci, OH
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posted 03-12-2010 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By car. You basically can't go anywhere in Houston without a car. Take I-45 South ("The Gulf Freeway") and get off at what is now NASA Parkway (formerly NASA Road 1). Keep in mind that JSC (and Space Center Houston) is well south of downtown, so count on some travel time and an expensive cab ride if you're stuck doing that.


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posted 04-06-2010 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going to be visiting Houston from Australia in December. I would like to see the places where the astronauts lived in the 60's, like Timber Cove. Are they still there, and are you able to drive around them?


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From: Minooka IL, US
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posted 03-27-2011 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Timber Cove is still an active housing development. It's not closed off in any fashion.

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posted 08-01-2014 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for masterguns81     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are taking our first trip to Houston the weekend after Independence is hoisted atop the carrier. We will be in town three days and of course want to do everything space related possible!

Topping our list of must dos are the Level 9 tour, old mission control, hopefully spotting Gene Kranz and a side trip to the Natural History Museum and maybe Galveston if there's time. I am a bit confused on what's the least expensive way to hit all these attractions?

I'm pretty sure Level 9 is separate from regular admission so would it be best to purchase CityPass and Level 9? Also, is the astronaut audio tour worth adding on? Any extra advice on space-related must dos, hotels worth checking out, or advice on maybe running into a space icon would be great too! Thanks!


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From: Germantown, WI USA
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posted 08-01-2014 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by masterguns81:
We are taking our first trip to Houston ... a side trip to the Natural History Museum

If you mean the Houston Museum of Natural Science, they have the Mercury spacecraft from MA-2, a Gemini spacesuit, two A7L suits, and a number of lunar surface tools (or at least they did back when we visited in '08).

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