9 Days (or less)
Module Destinations
Washington, D.C.HoustonPalo Alto
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Highlights

What are modules?

Modules – Perfect for Customizing Trip Length

Program leaders are encouraged to mix and match the various destinations, as well as to customize activities, in order to create a program of an ideal length.

View the suggested itinerary modules below for an idea of how the locations come together for a rich travel experience that spans the history, art, culture, science, and nature of the world.

Interested in customizing an itinerary? Contact us by phone or email and we’ll start designing your program together.

Module 1: Washington, D.C.

Special Access: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum: Udvar Hazy Center

Enjoy a private tour of the collection at Udvar Hazy. Overview of human space flight, including Space Shuttle Discovery, and discussions of conservation of space artifacts and how space suits are developed.

Expert Access: Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – National Mall

Enjoy a tour, and a presentation from the Space History Department, that will reveal secrets of the museum, followed by visit to the Observatory to learn about solar missions while you look through a solar telescope.

Expert Access: NASA – Goddard Space Center

Extended two-day visit includes special activities like presentation on research taking place at the Hyperwall, discussion about the operational/political considerations influencing the U.S. role in current and future missions, an in-depth tour of unique spacecraft testing and integration facilities, labs, and operations areas, meeting with scientists in the Robotics and Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, and a visit to the Space Weather Division.

Special AccessNational Air and Space Museum: Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

CEPS performs original research and outreach activities on topics covering planetary science, terrestrial geophysics, and the remote sensing of environmental change.

Go behind the scenes and learn about work of this research arm of the Smithsonian. Meet with a staff member about their involvement with one of the planetary missions.

Rockets Space Smithsonian

Module 2: Houston

Special Access – Johnson Space Center

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments.

  • Have a JSC Employee greet you at Space Center Houston and start the day off with an overview on JSC and how they lead human space exploration
  • Private tram tour of JSC including Rocket Park, Mission Control, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, and the Shuttle Avionics Integration Lab
  • Attend a Lunch & Learn, hosted at SCH, with a subject matter expert from JSC. Spend the rest of the day exploring SCH exhibits

 

Expert Access – Johnson Space Center: Behind the Scenes

  • Tour behind the scenes are JSC and hear from the scientists and engineers doing the work
  • Roundtable discussion with members from Emerge, JSC’s early career employee resource group, to learn about how they got to JSC, their education experience, what they currently do, etc.
  • Lunch onsite at the JSC cafeteria

D.C. to Moscow: Space Exploration

Module 3: Silicon Valley

D.C. to Moscow: Space Exploration

 Spotlight – Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center, one of ten NASA field centers, is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. For more than 76 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center’s core capabilities.

  • Experience a wind tunnel and view the wind tunnel testing facility, used for making aircrafts safer and better.

Spotlight – Ames Research Center

  •   Take a unique tour of the Ames Research Center, where they research entry systems, supercomputing, exoplanets, robotics, lunar science, human systems integration, and wind tunnels.