Celebrate the Past
Forge the Future
Apollo-era Astronaut Statue and Visitors Center
Overview: International tourist venue serves not only as a tribute to
the Apollo Program, which put the first Americans in space, landed them
on the moon, and returned them safely back to Earth but also as a window
into the future of space exploration, space habitation, and space
The project’s centerpiece consists of an 80 foot tall
Apollo-era statue designed and built by renowned artist and sculptor
David Adickes. The visitors/education/conference center is a 20,000
square foot edifice that complements the statue and includes a museum
component— interactive and static exhibits that focus on the Apollo era
and provide a window into the future of space exploration, technology,
and habitation; a multi-purpose meeting area that can be used for
conferences, performances, banquets, workshops, and special events; and a
gift shop with Webster hotel and tourism information.
There is no
question that the Apollo Program serves as a monumental chapter in US
and world history, as Apollo set major human spaceflight milestones.
This tourist attraction commemorates Apollo, which ran from 1961 to 1972
and paved the foundation for NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s human
spaceflight program. The very best traits of humankind coalesce in
Apollo—courage, intelligence, ingenuity, curiosity, and integrity—and
this venue serves as a legacy and tribute to those qualities and, above
all—the importance of human space travel and its widespread, beneficial
impact on humanity.
Just as important, however, is the focus that
this attraction endows for the future of space travel, space technology,
space exploration, and space activities. This international window into
the future of space will provide a look at novel ways to reach planets
in deep space, retrieve satellites, research asteroids, and unlock
Project Location: 1414 West NASA Parkway, ideally positioned on NASA Parkway—Gateway to NASA—with easy access to Interstate 45.