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Independence Plaza at Space Center Houston to Open on January 23rd
Posted In: Events & Attractions | Houston News | Uncategorized | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 01/21/2016


Something big will open at Space Center Houston on Saturday, January 23rd. The newest international landmark, Independence Plaza, will open its doors to a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience featuring the first Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905 (Boeing 747), and the high-fidelity replica of the Space Shuttle.


Photo by Pam Moore
But first, some background about how all this came together. In April 2011, NASA announced the new retirement homes for the four remaining space shuttles -- three historic orbiters and the program's test vehicle. The Johnson Space Center was selected to receive the 122.7 foot long by 54 foot tall (37.4 by 16.5 meter) shuttle mockup.

Photo by Houston Chronicle
The shuttle mockup arrived via barge from Florida on June 1, 2012, traveled through the Clear Lake Channel, docking on the bank of Clear Lake and then slowly transported via flatbed down NASA Road 1 to Space Center Houston. The Houston Chronicle article, “Space shuttle replica docks at Johnson Space Center”, contains a photo gallery that chronicles that journey. A contest was held to name the replica and “Independence” was the winning entry
After its final flight into Houston, NASA 905 was dismantled for transport. During two evenings, those sections were taken down Highway 3 and then down NASA Road 1 to Space Center Houston. The next step was to put the sections together and then position the NASA 905 into place.

The delicate “mating” of the shuttle mockup to the top of the aircraft was completed successfully. After that major task was completed, work began on completing the plaza and the visitor’s access ramp was built.

The countdown clock has officially begun and you can check the number of days, hours, etc. left until the grand opening date of the new international landmark, Independence Plaza at the Space Center Houston website.Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Road 1, Houston.

Brockway Realty Blogs previously published about this topic are:  A REALLY BIG MOVE and Road Closures on April 28th - April 30th on 4/28/2014; Watch via Webcam as the Boeing 747 Space Shuttle Carrier is Reassembled on 5/27/2014; “Rise of Independence” at Space Center Houston Planned for August 14th on 8/13/2014.

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By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC



Tagged With: Houston | Space Center Houston | Webster



A REALLY BIG MOVE and Road Closures on April 28th - April 30th
Posted In: Clear Lake News | Nassau Bay News | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 04/28/2014


Local area residents should be aware of a REALLY BIG MOVE scheduled for Monday, April 28th through Wednesday, April 30th. Not only will there be road closures, but this will be something you don’t see every day. The NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier will be on the road, traveling to its new home at Space Center Houston.

The NASA Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier has been going through severe modifications; being dismantled for the move from Ellington Field to Space Center Houston. The project to disassemble and safely transport the massive airplane was done in partnership with 30 private, public, and government organizations, many of whom did the work for little or no charge.



(View more photos of the NASA Boeing 747 on the Space Center Houston Facebook Page)
Thanks to extensive pre-planning efforts, no utilities are expected to be interrupted. The convoy will travel at night for the safety of our neighbors and the workers involved in this complex transfer, as well as to minimize the impact on local residents, the traveling public and businesses.

Moving at walking speed, the convoy will carry the disassembled Boeing 747 sections on six different trailers from Ellington Field. The largest section moving intact is the fuselage, measuring 25 feet wide, 35 feet high and over 190 feet long, which will travel on a Goldhofer multi-wheeled, self-propelled trailer. This may be the only time a Boeing 747 Aircraft will take three days to travel approximately 8 miles!

April 28, 2014, 9 p.m.: The convoy of 747 sections will depart Ellington Field via the gate at Dixie Farm Road and Highway 3;
April 29, 2014, Early Morning: The convoy is scheduled to park on E. Commerce Street near NASA Parkway; 9 p.m.: The convoy will resume, moving east on the westbound lane of NASA Parkway.
April 30, 2014, Early Morning: The convoy is scheduled to arrive at Space Center Houston.

More information can be found at the following links: 747 Shuttle Carrier Makes Big Move to Space Center Houston; What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever moved?;Shuttle / 747 Carrier Project.; and Concept art for the "747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft" at Space Center Houston showing exhibits inside the aircraft and orbiter.

By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC



Tagged With: Clear Lake | Ellington Field | Nassau Bay | Space Center Houston | Webster



Epicurean Evening on February 7 at Space Center Houston – “A Taste of Space”
Posted In: Clear Lake News | Events & Attractions | League City News | Nassau Bay News | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 02/02/2013


The Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Space Center Houston will be hosting “A Taste of Space” Epicurean Evening on Thursday, February 7, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.



Over 40 area restaurants and food establishments will be offering samples and local musicians will be entertaining ticket holders. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston.

Each adult ticket includes: Tastes from the best of Clear Lake/Bay Area Houston, three beer/wine coupons (additional coupons can be purchased at event), free parking, and shopping at the silent auction. Children’s tickets also include playing on Kids Space Place.

For schedule information, and to purchase tickets: visit the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce website; or purchase tickets online through Space Center Houston’s website.

By Pam Moore for Brockway Realty



Tagged With: Clear Lake | Clear Lake News | League City | League City News | Space Center Houston



The 2012 Clear Lake Area Home & Garden Show is Around the Corner!
Posted In: Clear Lake News | Events & Attractions Posted by James Brockway on 08/30/2012


Summer’s just about over, so now would be a perfect time to repair the damage you and the kids did to the house over the past several months. Or if you weren’t hosting big parties this summer, maybe you wish you could have, but you still haven’t gotten around to installing that summer kitchen, building the new pool or remodeling the downstairs. On Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, the annual Clear Lake Area Home & Garden Show will be held at Space Center Houston, located at 1601 NASA Road 1, convenient to Kemah, League City and other Clear Lake area communities. In addition to exploring the ideas that almost 200 vendors have to offer on home renovations, improvements and landscaping ideas, you will also get free access to Space Center Houston when you buy your ticket to the show ($15 for adults, $10 for children). Mark your calendar!



Tagged With: Clear Lake | Clear Lake Annual Home & Garden Show | Clear Lake Events & Attractions | Clear Lake News | Space Center Houston