Attractions

 

From the everyday to the esoteric, Houston attractions are sure to satisfy almost any curiosity. The Houston Space Center, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Zoo and surrounding parks offer family-friendly activities, and the Houston Museum District is sure to please even the most discerning art patron. Sports fans will marvel at the modernity of Minute Maid Park and Reliant Park, as well as the recently constructed Toyota Center. For those seeking attractions off the beaten path, Houston sights such as the Orange Show Monument and the National Museum of Funeral History will undoubtedly appease a desire for the unusual. Any way you slice it, Houston has something for everyone.

Johnson Space Center

  • People

    Learn about the people who make up the Johnson Space Center community. Everyone from students, scientists, engineers and astronauts contribute to make JSC the agency's lead human space flight center.

  • NASA Astronaut Corps

    JSC is home to the NASA astronaut corps and is responsible for training space explorers from the United States and our space station partner nations.

  • Mission Control Center →

    The Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center directs all space shuttle missions, including international space station assembly flights. MCC also manages all activity onboard the international space station.

  • Space Shuttle

    JSC is the lead center for space shuttle activities and the home of Mission Control and the astronaut corps.

  • International Space Station

    JSC serves as the lead NASA center for the International Space Station -- a U.S.-led collaborative effort of 16 nations, and the largest, most powerful, complex human facility to ever operate in space.

  • Constellation

    The Johnson Space Center is home to NASA's Constellation Program. Take a look inside the agency's plans for returning to the moon and exploring Mars and beyond.

  • JSC Features →

    JSC Features provides interesting stories on the people, activities and news happening at Johnson Space Center. Updated regularly.

  • Space Center Roundup →

    The Roundup is published monthly by JSC Public Affairs and provided to center employees.

  • JSC Fact Sheets

    Refer to JSC's Fact Sheet Library for press kits, mission synopses, statistical information and much more.

  • JSC Media Info

    News media representatives who are interested in covering JSC must contact the Office of Public Affairs Newsroom at (281) 483-5111 for information about site visits, badging and mission accreditation, interviews and press information.

  • JSC News Releases

    JSC publishes numerous press releases covering such topics as onsite events, media events, scientific discoveries and astronaut activities.

  • JSC Shuttle Status Reports

    JSC publishes shuttle status reports during shuttle missions. Issued twice a day, the reports preview and recap mission events such as spacewalks, station dockings, science experiments and more.

  • JSC Station Status Reports

    View the JSC space station status report archive.

  • Human Space Flight Gallery

    The searchable galleries of the Human Space Flight Web contain thousands of images and videos relating to NASA's human missions, from the Mercury program to the International Space Station.

    › View Gallery →
  • Human Space Flight Station Gallery

    Download images from past, current and upcoming expeditions. View imagery of astronauts, cosmonauts, visiting vehicles and other space station activities.

    › View Gallery →
  • Human Space Flight Constellation Gallery

    Download images and view multimedia about NASA's next generation spacecraft that is gearing up for missions to the International Space Station, the moon and Mars.

    › View Gallery →
  • Human Space Flight Shuttle Gallery

    Download images from past, current and upcoming missions. Check out imagery of astronauts, launches, spacewalks and other shuttle mission activities.

    › View Gallery →
  • Gateway to Astronaut Photography

    The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth hosts the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth from 1961 through the present. This is the place to search the complete collection of astronaut photos of Earth.

    › View Gallery →
  • Earth from Space

    JSC's Earth from Space Web site is a catalog of some of the most beautiful and fascinating photos captured by astronauts during their missions. It is fully searchable and browsable.

    › View Gallery →
  • Earth Observatory

    This site provides images of various phenomena -- natural and man-made -- that affect our Earth. Resources are available for missions and experiments. Also, read the latest news on Earth science.

    › View Gallery →
  • NASA Image Exchange

    Search this database of NASA imagery, or view an index of Web sites that brings together all of NASA's photo collections.

    › View Gallery →

Johnson Events

  • JSC Features →

    Read the latest news stories about people and events at the Johnson Space Center.

  • Space Center Roundup →

    The Roundup is published monthly by JSC Public Affairs and provided to center employees.

  • Employee Activities Association →

    The Starport Employee Activities Association (EAA) sponsors and hosts events for JSC employees, contractors, and their families.

  • Star Parties →

    Star Parties are an important part of the amateur astronomy scene. These events attract hundreds, even thousands of enthusiasts, offering the chance to see planets, seasonal constellations, deep sky objects and the Moon. And now the International Space Station is sometimes visible in the night sky.

JSC Educations Highlights

Space Station Status

  • International Space Station

    Get the latest news from the space station. Read about spacewalks, science on the orbiting laboratory and how the crew members keep their home and workplace in tip-top shape.

    › Main Station Page
  • Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule

    The Kennedy Space Center provides launch sites for the space shuttle and numerous launch vehicles delivering important payloads into orbit. This launch schedule provides the latest information on upcoming rocket launches.

    › Launch Schedule
  • International Space Station Payloads

    Kennedy Space Center plays a key role in the development of the growing outpost, from prelaunch processing of permanent station elements to successfully launching each U.S. mission to the station.

    › ISS Payloads

Features

  • Houston, We Have an Astronaut

    Houston. It was the first word from the moon, and the city has served as the home of Mission Control and the nation's human spaceflight program for more than 40 years. But even though Houston has been the home of NASA's astronaut corps for decades, the city has never had a hometown astronaut -- until now.

  • Astronauts to Fly Amelia Earhart Watch, Scarf

    Along with the obvious thrill of launching into space, astronaut Shannon Walker's flight to the space station next year will hold a sentimental and historical significance.

  • Space Station

    Visit the International Space Station site for up-to-date information about the orbital outpost.

  • Russian Spacecraft

    Two types of Russian spacecraft visit the International Space Station. The Soyuz vehicle delivers astronauts and cosmonauts. The Progress cargo ship delivers food, supplies and fuel to resupply the resident crew.

    › Read about the piloted Soyuz spacecraft
    › Read about the unpiloted Progress cargo ship
  • Space Shuttle

    JSC is the lead center for space shuttle activities.

  • NASA Astronaut Corps

    JSC is home to the NASA astronaut corps and is responsible for training space explorers from the United States and our space station partner nations.

  • Mission Control Center →

    The Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center directs all space shuttle missions, including International Space Station assembly flights. MCC also manages all activity onboard the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle Features

  • Consolidated Launch Manifest

    This launch schedule provides a list of upcoming space shuttle launches including International Space Station assembly missions.

    › Read More
  • Shuttle Status Reports

    JSC publishes shuttle status reports during shuttle missions. Issued twice a day, the reports preview and recap mission events such as spacewalks, station dockings, science experiments and more.

    › Read More
  • Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule

    The Kennedy Space Center provides launch sites for the space shuttle and numerous launch vehicles delivering important payloads into orbit. This launch schedule provides the latest information on upcoming rocket launches.

    › Launch Schedule
  • Space Shuttle Operations

    Space shuttle operations at Kennedy focus on maintaining each orbiter's health, and meticulously preparing the vehicle, its external tank and solid rocket boosters for upcoming missions.

    › View Shuttle Processing Status Reports
    › View Space Shuttle Operations
  • Space Shuttle

    Visit the space shuttle site for up-to-date information on the next shuttle mission.

  • Space Station

    Visit the International Space Station site for up-to-date information about the orbital outpost.

  • NASA Astronaut Corps

    JSC is home to the NASA astronaut corps and is responsible for training space explorers from the United States and our space station partner nations.

  • Mission Control Center →

    The Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center directs all space shuttle missions, including International Space Station assembly flights. MCC also manages all activity onboard the International Space Station.

  • America's Space Port

    Kennedy Space Center, Fla., is the home of NASA's shuttle fleet -- Endeavour, Atlantis and Discovery.

Exploration

  • Technology

    JSC provides research and development facilities for engineering, robotics, nanotechnology and advanced propulsion. Many other fields are also studied here at JSC.

  • Heat Shield Testing at JSC

    Engineers at Johnson Space Center are pushing the limits at the center's facility for testing materials that may be used on heat shields for next-generation spaceships.

  • Stardust Team Prepares for Return of Science Canister

    The Stardust Curation Team prepares for the arrival of comet particles.

  • Constellation

    Take a look inside NASA's plans for returning to the moon and exploring Mars and beyond.

  • Human Space Flight →

    JSC's team of dedicated professionals manages the development, testing, production and delivery of all U.S. human spacecraft, and all human spacecraft-related functions. Visit NASA's Human Space Flight to learn about the space shuttle and International Space Station.

  • Genesis →

    Learn about the Genesis mission and JSC's role in this scientific research.

  • Astronaut Biographies →

    The Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center maintains official biographies for all active duty flight personnel and maintains an archive of bios for former astronauts.

  • Astronaut Video and Audio

    Astronauts are hard at work whether in space or here on Earth. View astronaut video, audio and PSAs here to learn more about what they are up to.

  • Astronaut Journals

    Space missions and spaceflight training often inspire astronauts to write about their experiences. Here is a collection of letters, reports and other writings by astronauts.

  • Astronaut Profiles

    NASA astronauts do more than travel to space. Read stories about their lives and adventures both on and above our home planet.

  • Astronaut Selection and Training →

    NASA accepts applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program on a continuous basis. Candidates are selected as needed, normally every two years, for pilot and mission specialist categories. Both civilian and military personnel are considered for the program.

  • Flight Crew Operations Directorate

    The Flight Crew Operations Directorate (FCOD) is responsible for overall planning, direction and management of flight crew operations and Johnson Space Center aircraft program activities.

  • Astronaut Fact Book →

    Last updated January 2005, the Astronaut Fact Book contains data about more than 200 space explorers. Requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded here .

 

Humble Civic Center & Arena Complex

Address:
8233 Will Clayton Parkway
Humble, Texas 77338

Phone:
(281) 446-4140

Fax:
(281) 319-4030

Email:
booking@humblecc.com

Houston Festivals

Whether it's a celebration of gay pride or an all-out Texan barbecue contest, there's a party for it in Houston. As we all know, everything is bigger in Texas, so the festivals that pulse in the heart of Houston are some of the most entertaining. Amazing LGBT films premier at the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and over 1,500 musicians play at the International Festival every year. And, since it just wouldn't be Texas if there weren't cows involved, there's the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is also home to the World's Championship Barbecue Contest. Really, no matter what you're looking for, Houston is not only a place to find it, chances are that they dedicate an entire festival to it.

Via Colori Street Painting Festival

Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St., Houston TX 77002; Tel. 713.523.3633
Celebration of Art and Asphalt. Celebrating its fifth year, the Houston Via Colori® street painting festival is back, bigger than ever. Join us for a spectacular free event, benefiting The Center for Hearing and Speech, and watch as over 250 talented artists transform the pavement of downtown Houston right before your eyes. Talk to the artists, listen to live music from more than a dozen local bands, eat, drink and be mesmerized. When it's all washed away, you'll ask yourself, “Did that really happen?”

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Reliant Stadium, 8334 Fannin St., Houston, TX: Tel. 832.667.1000
The biggest event of the year in Houston is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which usually starts in late February and runs through March. Riders compete in traditional rodeo events, while national and international superstar musical entertainers perform nightly for sell-out crowds. The Houston Rodeo is also home to the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.

Houston Children's Festival

Downtown Houston (Sam Houston and Tranquility Parks) Houston, Texas
A full day of fun, the Houston Children's Festival serves as an all day children's fest and benefits Child Advocates Inc. Admission is extremely affordable, and food, drink and rides are plentiful. Disney Channel guest stars, Popular cartoon characters and a $5000 scholarship treasure hunt are just some of the festival's features. Six stages with live performances and tons of educational games and booths are set up for kids to learn and have a blast. The event is Houston's official family celebration and draws in a crowd of over 65,000 attendees each year.

Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

P.O. Box. 1007 Houston, TX 77251; Tel. 713.225.2205
This annual event features films and videos "by, about or of interest to" the LGBT community at several venues throughout the city like the Angelika Film Center (a must-visit for any movie buff) and DiverseWorks Art Space. Now in it's eighth year, the HGLFF includes presentations of feature-length as well as short films, and also hosts Q&A sessions with filmmakers whose work is screened during the festival. Call for up-to-date information.

Houston Hot Sauce Festival

Houston Farm and Ranch Club, 12327 Piping Rock, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.558.3518
One things for sure y'all, Texans like it hot. No one can do a hot sauce and food extravaganza better than Houston, and every September for the past seven years, they've proved it. The Houston Hot Sauce Festival draws in over 100 vendors each year, and all proceeds go to benefit the Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research (the festival's creator survived cancer). For the Kids there's a crafts area, superslide and face painting. A people's choice award and amateur salsa making competition are some of the festival's highlights, and an entertainment stage features jazz, rock and blues tunes.

Houston International Festival

4203 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200, Houston TX 77006; Tel. 713.654.8808
Houston's International Festival (iFest) is a multicultural extravaganza. Occupying Houston's late April weekends, the international festival hosts 1,500 musicians from around the world while vendors selling exotic wares and edible treats keep attendees satisfied. The festival takes up 20 of Houston's city blocks and fills them with the tastes, sounds and smells of all the world's cultures. The Houston International Festival happens at various downtown Houston locations, including City Hall and Festival Plaza at Reliant Park. $9 advance ticket, $12 at the gate. Children under 10 free.

Houston International Jazz Festival

Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.839.7000
In 1991, Bubbha Thomas, the Executive Director of Jazz Education Inc., put on the first Houston International Jazz Festival in memory of late friend U.S. Congressmen Mickey Leland who died tragically on a humanitarian mission two years prior. Since it's beginning, the festival has become the only Jazz festival in the nation to focus on international Jazz artists. The festival also looks to educate Houstonians on broadening their horizons to music from other countries. All earning from the festival go to Jazz Inc.'s educational programs, serving more than 30,000 schools. The early August weekend festival also includes delicious food and drinks provided by local vendors.

International Quilt Festival

7660 Woodway, Suite 550 Houston, TX; Tel.1.781.8182
This definitely isn't a few ladies sitting around knitting a few blankets; the International Quilt Festival in Houston offers over 1,000 booths of quilting delight. The immaculate craftsmanship and skill of those who quilt is showcased, and many of the pieces are sold. The handwork and detail is amazing, and the festival is noted as the world fair of quilting. A quilting contest is also included, with thousands of entries each year. Classes are also available for those that want to learn a little more about knitting, and machines are provided. Shuttle systems are available to local hotels and food stands are available but a little on the pricey side.

Wings Over Houston Airshow

Ellington Field, 510 Ellington Field, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.266.4492
Every October in Houston, the skies over Ellington Field rumble with the sounds of civilian and military aircraft for the Wings over Houston Airshow. In it's 23rd year the show solutes those who brave the stomach turning flips of military fighters and streamlined precision of flying groups like the Canadian Force Snowbirds. The event also includes a BMX Bike exhibition put on by the bikes of United Freestyle. War heroes and veterans will be onsite signing autographs and recalling their days at battle in the legends tents. The show also includes motion simulator rides, providing realistic reenactment of what riding on an actual fighter pilot would feel like.

Worldfest Houston International Film Festival

2949 Dunvale, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.965.9955
As the third largest Film Festival in the United States, the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival aims to honor and promote cultural tourism and brilliant talent n Houston. The festival features more than 50 feature films (over 4500 are entered) and places full emphasis on American and International films. Categories include student film, documentary, television commercials, music videos and much more. Each year the festival honors a different country, and the festival has also kept the same creative director, Hunter Todd, for 39 years. As one of the oldest film festivals in the country, the event is a relaxed and intimate gathering of film lovers and creators from around the world.

Houston Day Spas

From beer-based foot treatments to ancient Egyptian anti-aging techniques, day spas have seemingly evolved from locations to find a nice massage and perhaps a pedicure to places where you get coated in food and strange mud and are simultaneously encouraged to meditate your way to Nirvana. Sound strange? Well, even though the majority of the population is somewhat concerned about their faces being coated in caviar or their feet being doused in barbecue sauce, wacky spa treatments are popping up all around the country and gaining a fairly impressive following. It's still a bit unclear as to who decided that the proper way to leave a spa is by smelling like a hot wing, but what we do know is that something in these strange methods works well enough to have even the most notorious producers of elite body products jumping on board, especially in Houston. From traditional services to otherworldly new age treatments, Houston offers a variety of options for anyone seeking a pampering visit to a day spa.

Beautique Day Spa Salon

1409 S Post Oak Ln., Houston TX; Tel.713.439.1414 or 800.769.1414
Formerly Tovas Day Spa, Beautique Day Spa Salon is renowned for luxurious and innovative day spa services and world-class hair design services. The staff massage therapists, hair stylists, nail professionals and estheticians are continually striving for the next level of greatness with continuing education courses that keep them at the helm of the industry and the latest trends.

Enchante Day Spa

4322 Westhiemer, Houston TX; Tel. 713.439.0301
One of the premier day spas in Houston, Enchante Day Spa caters to regular patrons and visitors who are ready to be pampered and catered to. This exclusive Houston spa oasis impresses with licensed professionals specializing in French-style services, including skin and hear treatments (like Decléor of Paris Hair Care), therapeutic massage, bridal makeup services, threading and French double hair extensions.

Fiori Spa

2613 Potomac Dr., Houston TX; Tel. 713.244.0070
A beautiful, boutique-style day spa in Houston, Fiori Spa is rich with dramatic Tuscan elegance and a fervent dedication to the finest spa services. This luxurious spa features a European-style garden where guests can relax between or after spa services like biodynamic facials, deep pore cleansings, mimosa champagne body wraps, body polishes, stone massages, reflexology and more.

Heights Massage & Day Spa

1145 Lawrence St., Houston TX; Tel. 832.618.1145
Praised widely by both locals and travelers, Heights Massage & Day Spa soothes with both top-notch body treatments and a pampering, relaxing environment. Disguised by a high woodent fence, lush foliage, a simple cottage appearance and a distinct lack of advertising, this Houston Day Spa boasts an exclusive feel while still being warm and personal, with everyone from the receptionist to the therapists treating visitors like family.

Persona Day Spa

2311 W. Alabama St., Houston TX; Tel. 713.630.0772
Persona Day Spa is a tranquil destination in the heart of Houston. Widely praised as one of the best places to get facials in Houston, this day spa further impresses with a well-scripted menu of treatments that includes the most cutting edge anti-aging and beautifying treatments around. Persona Day Spa also offers excellent massages, waxing, muscle toning, microdermabrasion, laser liposuction, BOTOX, and laser hair removal in Houston.

Sanctuary d'Sante

8 Chelsea Blvd., Houston TX; Tel. 713.942.7888
The first Houston day spa, Sanctuary d'Sante is the quintessential spa experience. As the first--and maybe the most popular--day spa in Houston, Sanctuary Spa has earned a loyal following with a menu of holistic and aromatic treatments for both skin and body. From mud wraps to energy work, sunless tanning to weight loss, and infrared saunas to massage, this spa delivers an array of satisfying treatments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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