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Space Fans Can Experience a Piece of History at the George R. Brown Convention Center

Houston • Aug. 13, 2019

Houston (August 6, 2019) – Houston First Corporation is pleased to welcome space fans to become a member of NASA’s Mission Control by experiencing Apollo Redux located inside the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB). The interactive exhibit is free and open to the public as part of a series of programs presented in Houston in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. 

Visitors to Apollo Redux can sit at the console desk which is an actual artifact from a control room at Johnson Space Center where Mission Control team members communicated with astronauts in space. Two interactive monitors in both English and Spanish allow audiences to explore the past and future of Mission Control through touch screens, maps and personal accounts from the men and women who were there. Apollo Redux will be on view above Hall B near the Hilton Skybridge, Level 3 at the GRB through January 3, 2020. 

In addition to the Apollo Redux exhibition, Christine West, cultural programs manager with Houston First Corporation partnered with the Smithsonian Institute to curate two other space-related exhibits also free and open to the public during normal business hours.  

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, investigates what led the United States to accept President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 challenge of “landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth” through dramatic images, text and detailed timelines. The poster display examines the sacrifices and devotion of the more than 400,000 people employed by NASA who worked through the trials, tragedies and triumphs of the 20 missions before Apollo 11 from 1961 to 1969. The exhibit will be on display in Partnership Tower, Level 2 Garage Elevator Lobby until September 30, 2019.  

Earth from Space, is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition that features twenty large color reproductions of the earth’s surface as seen from space. These images captured by high-tech satellites constantly circling the globe, continue to provide new perspectives of our world that are nearly impossible to document from the planet’s surface. The process of collecting data from “remote sensing” satellites that record, store and then transform that data into color pictures, while scientific is also amazingly creative and available to see at the GRB as well. The exhibit will be on display just outside the Grand Ballroom, Level 3 at the GRB until December 31, 2019.

The GRB, managed by Houston First Corporation, has been part of the city’s year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing serving as a temporary summer home to the Mars Rover, along with hosting the space-related exhibits and a number of other activities and events.