The deadline nears for the Name the Shuttle contest sponsored by the NASA JSC visitor center:

One week remaining to submit entry for Space Center Houston’s
“Name the Shuttle” contest 

 Texas residents have the unique opportunity to name the Shuttle replica
that will rest atop the massive 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft
at JSC’s Official Visitor Center

WHAT: Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), recently launched a free, statewide contest that gives one lucky Texan the opportunity to name the high-fidelity Shuttle replica that will sit atop the massive 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) as part of a new $12 million, six-story attraction currently under development. Residents can visit and submit an original name that symbolizes the spirit of Texas and its unique characteristics of independence, optimism and can-do attitude. The contest closes at noon CST, Labor Day, Sept. 2.

Full contest details are available at

WHEN:   Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 at noon CST – contest closes
Mid-September – winner to be announced

WHO/WHERE:   Richard Allen, president of Space Center Houston, is available for media interviews to discuss the contest in more detail. Interviews can be scheduled by contacting Jack Moore at 281-244-2137 or                     

OTHER:         The state-of-the-art Space Shuttle attraction is slated to open in 2015 and will provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience exclusive to Space Center Houston. It will be the only place in the world where guests can climb aboard the huge 747 SCA and the Shuttle replica and experience the 30-year Space Shuttle program in the most dynamic, hands-on environment imaginable. The attraction will also expand Space Center Houston’s current educational programs, which aim to inspire students to consider careers in math and science.

Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) education foundation with award-winning educational programs designed to inspire and encourage students to consider a career in math and science. Space Center Houston features a multitude of permanent exhibits, attractions and theatres and is open every day with the exception of Christmas Day. Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway; Houston, TX 77058. Please visit