Johnson Space Center

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2014

    Listen to NASA: 4 Best Houston-centric NASA Audio Moments

    If you're looking for a quick audio overview of NASA's history, the space agency just released about 60 short clips that give us enough historic soundbites and out-of-this-world sounds -- "Earth's Song" is particularly beautiful -- to cover more than 50 years of history on Souncloud. However, whil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    Ellington Airport Could Become a Commercial Spaceport (Could a Moon Vacation Be in the Cards?)

    Houston has some great airports, but now the City of Houston and the Houston Airport System are working to see about getting one airport a little something extra as a licensed spaceport. Back in the days of the space race, our rockets were heading for the moon, and it all happened so fast that it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    NASA's New Astronauts: Half Women, None Alive for the Moon Landing

    There was a generation of kids who grew up idolizing the astronauts. The men of the Mercury missions, the Apollo crews -- the guys who risked everything, put it all on the line to beat the Russians and launch into outer space. John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong -- these guys were national he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Attack of the Drones: Texas Could be a Top Drone Producer, Thanks to NASA

    If you talk about being from Texas, people automatically think of the stuff us Texans are famous for -- oil, cattle, more oil, guys with really great mustaches and awesome cowboy boots, riding horses to school -- but in the coming years, they may also think Texas, land of the drones. (Ooh, and then ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Grace Kelly, Super Guppies & Men Who Shouldn't Wear Cowboy Hats: Great Old Photos Of NASA's 50 Years In Houston

    Arcadia Publishing is a company specializing in affordable picture-filled books on local history across the country. They've done books on such Houston institutions as the downtown Foley's, and now they've tackled the institution-alist Houston institution of all, NASA. See Also: - "Tatooine" Disco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Pics: Space Shuttle Endeavour's Visit to Houston

    I am not one of those people who is good at estimating crowds, but if I had to guess, there were probably at least 10,000 people at Ellington Airport around 4 p.m. when I finally gave up on traffic, parked my car on Galveston Road, and walked the mile or so to hangar 990 to see Space Shuttle Endeavo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Six Houston LINdmarks That LINd Themselves to Further LINsanity

    When being interviewed over the last week, newly acquired Rockets guard Jeremy Lin admitted that the use of his last name for Lin-based puns got a little old in New York. In fact, he banned the use of them among friends, but he did admit that of all the ones he had seen, his favorite was probably Su ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012
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    October 10, 2011

    DEFCON Dining: Frenchie's Italian Restaurant

    Eight hours spent touring the Johnson Space Center with a bunch of semi-bored/semi-spastic Brownies makes for a long day. By the time I hauled my three charges (my kids, plus a tag-along neighbor) from the sprawling indoor playground that reigned as exhibit of choice, I was starving and semi-delirio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    NASA Taking Astronaut Applications: A Job With A Bright Future

    This could be you​Tired of your dead-end job? Get into a profession that's guaranteed to be well-funded for the foreseeable future and beyond: manned space travel!! NASA is once again opening up the application process for astronaut jobs, even though, you know, there are no more shuttle missi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Six Houston-Related eBay Items You WILL NOT Be Able To Resist Bidding On

    It's very possible to go to eBay and wonder "Who the hell would ever buy this?" Certainly not falling into that category are the following six Houston-related items currently up for bid. Get in on `em now while you can!! ​6. The hippest campaign button ever Why it's great: See the way the 7 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    An Amateur Lands The Space Shuttle

    Boyd MeierKym in the sim​Be sure to check out our pics from the Atlantis astronauts' homecoming at Johnson Space Center. You often hear the expression "a once in a lifetime experience," and while this may or may not always be true, for those lucky enough to participate in a NASA Tweet-up, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: More Space Shuttle Blues

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Space Shuttles: Ten Ways Los Angeles and New York Can Show Theirs Off, Dammit

    Bi-wing airplanes...pfft. Try this on for size, Kong.​This week, we learned that Houston, essentially the birthplace of the space shuttle program, will not be given one of the four remaining shuttles. Two of the four cities receiving them are both deserving and appropriate: Washington D.C. (fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Space Shuttle Battle: City Hall Rally to Demand Houston Gets a Used Orbiter

    Proposed Houston home for a shuttle.​As we've noted before, Houston is in a life-or-death battle to get one of the two retiring space shuttles that have flown missions, and they need all the help they can get. The solution: A City Hall rally, complete with Mayor Annise Parker, County Judge Ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Final Four Visitors: Ten Alternative Places to Visit in Houston

    You can skip the Beer Can House​So, you've made it to town for the Final Four and you are shocked to find out there are no tumbleweeds, we all aren't walking around in 10-gallon hats and the area surrounding downtown and the medical center is not filled with strip malls and urban decay. Welcom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Ten Houston Neighborhoods: The Crimes They Experience

    Paging McGruff the Crime Dog​We've been plotting which neighborhoods in Houston lead in certain crime categories, but doing that doesn't really get you to the more well-known parts of town. So we decided to zero in on a few specific neighborhoods and see what crime's been going down in them. ... More >>

  • News

    October 7, 2010

    Intelligent Life

    When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    NASA's Space Vomit Recipe: The Video

    It must have a whiff of Tang, messieurs!​So apparently the space program needs some next-gen trash bags, and they need to find out if those bags can stand up to every manner of substance that they will be containing.This will include many empty cups of Tang and according to the video after the jum ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010

    "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

    Space Center Houston puts George Lucas fans through their paces

  • News

    June 3, 2010

    Tweet, Tweet

    Readers resppond to "The Twitterverse."

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    June 3, 2010

    Don't Believe the Hype

    Houston's Most Overrated Attractions

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    The Five Most Overrated Houston Attractions

    Let's be honest, there's one main reason visitors come to Houston -- to visit relatives. Or, if they're from the hinterlands of Texas, to see a major league baseball game (sorry, you'll have to settle for the Astros) or the rodeo.But Houston, like every other city, has to sell itself as a tourist de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Annise Parker's Star Wars Choice: She's With The Bad Guys

    City of Houston photosSo that's what Stormtroopers look like when they take off their helmets​ We'll admit freely that we're not the biggest Star Wars fans in the world. Given the fanaticism of some Jedi followers, it's an easy claim to make.But we thought -- and correct us if we're wrong -- that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2010

    There's Absolutely Nothing That Could Possibly Go Wrong With NASA's New Human-Looking Robot

    Photo by General Motors​NASA and General Motors have announced a new space robot, called Robonaut 2, or R2 for short (The name "Desperately Hoping to be Relevant via Outdated Pop Culture References," or RHROPCR, was apparently rejected for being too long.)"Our challenge today is to build machines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    House of Enchiladas

    ​Deep in Friendswood (it isn't that far away, people) is an establishment that has ballooned into an enchilada institution. It's called La Casita (18043 County Rd. 127), and Tom Hanks ate here during the filming of Apollo 13 at Space Center Houston. It's also the local dive of a recent Bachelo ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008
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    July 17, 2008

    “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

    See artifacts and props from the new animated SWTCW film

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    June 19, 2008

    “Daredevil Island”

    Space Center Houston mixes adventure with fun

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2008
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    April 11, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    “Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches”

    Man-eating piranhas are the centerpiece of this nature exhibit

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    December 13, 2007

    “Star Wars”

    Luke Skywalker and company land their starfighter at NASA

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    November 1, 2007

    Ballunar Liftoff Festival

    NASA hosts 100-plus hot air balloons

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2007

    We Truly Do Live in a Spaced City

    Lisa Marie Nowak Does anything say "story of the year" quite like an astronaut love triangle? This is HouStoned. We're standing live outside Johnson Space Center, more than 900 miles from Orlando, where NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicular bur ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 23, 2004
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    March 18, 2004

    Sit, Stay, Run!

    A race goes to the dogs

  • News

    March 4, 2004

    Rocket Man

    How one enterprising Johnson Space Center physicist followed his dream to Hollywood and porn stardom

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2003

    Up, Up and Away

    Little Johnny will love the Ballunar Liftoff Festival

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2003

    The Real Ramona

    A book character springs to life

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    October 10, 2002

    Space Center & Me

    Or, how I learned to stop caring and accept the dumb

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Files Not Found

    Thousands of missing FBI documents in the Timothy McVeigh case? It comes as no surprise to the survivors of Operation Lightning Strike.

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2001

    Science for Hire

    The Mad Science Group educates kids with rock music and science

  • Calendar

    February 1, 2001

    Your Friend, the Germ

    Microbes are the stars of this exhibit

  • News

    August 10, 2000

    Science Friction

    Architect Constance Adams designed an inflatable house that could take American astronauts to Mars. NASA wants to build it, but Congress keeps bursting the bubble.

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Weary of the Wows

    A Houston junket and the jaded of Hollywood

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    August 21, 1997
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    December 16, 1993
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