Flying Through Houston? You Can Meet Astronauts at IAH This Week

Jul 9, 2019

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Flying through Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) this week with some time and space to fill on your schedule? If so, you’re in luck because from July 9 to 11 there are some extra special offerings going on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

In celebration of the of the July 1969 mission when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to walk on the moon, United Airlines (in conjunction with Space Center Houston) has arranged for presentations from astronauts in IAH’s Terminal E near the United Club between the hours of 11am and 1pm.

Not only will astronauts will be on hand for presentations at 11:15am and 12:30pm daily, but there are also hands-on science labs designed for kids.

(Photo courtesy of the NASA Image and Video Library)

The hands-on science labs will include:

  • Apollo Landing Location Match — a fun challenge where visitors will study a map of the moon and try to locate Apollo’s landing site.
  • Impact Craters — an interactive activity to show how craters are made on a planet’s surface.
  • Ozo Bot Lunar Orbit — a program that traces the orbit of Apollo 11 as it left earth, traveled around the moon and back.

These activities are available to ticketed passengers flying through IAH, so make it a point to pop by if you are in the airport on those dates. If that’s not enough, you can continue the out-of-this-world celebration by heading to Ember Tavern and Tanglewood Grill, both within IAH, to enjoy Apollo 11 retro-inspired meals made in consultation with NASA — though no freeze-dried packets are included. Or, just save your cash and duck into the Amex Centurion Lounge in nearby Terminal D for a quick bite when you’re done with the space excitement.

Featured image courtesy Nutkamol Komolvanich / Getty Images.

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