This story is part of Big Wonder–our series that explores uniquely larger-than-life stories in Texas.

Prepare to be launched into a one-of-a-kind journey through over 400 artifacts and exhibits at Space Center Houston. Featured at the facility is a lifesize replica of the original shuttle Independence—the only one of its kind in the world that’s mounted to an aircraft carrier. More exhibits that are out of this world await the eager, visionary visitor.