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ACE FT 04 | Inside NASA Space Center Houston

AAPG Astrogeology Committee

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas, United States

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Who Should Attend

Geologists interested in learning about NASA and space exploration.


To gain an understanding of the role of NASA in space exploration and geologic characterization of the solar system.

About Field Trip

A tour of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is always a popular venue for a technical convention in the Houston metroplex. This NASA trip is indeed fortunate to have Apollo 17 Astronaut and former U.S. Senator Harrison H. Schmitt joining the tour. Dr. Schmitt was the only geologist to walk on the moon and collected samples for analysis. He later served as a United States Senator from New Mexico and continues to be an avid supporter of our space program. We are also pleased to announce that Jim Reilly (former space Shuttle astronaut) will be joining us to share their experiences on the trip. Dr. Reilly has flown on three space shuttle missions (STS-89, STS-104, and STS-117). Participants will travel to the NASA complex by chartered bus. This will be a good time to review the guidebook. Once at NASA, their staff will welcome the group for the day’s activities. Walking will be light with tram or bus transportation provided between stops and mostly indoor activities.


Morning Program: Our tour of the NASA complex in Clear Lake will begin with an orientation film “On Human Destiny” narrated by Gene Kranz. There we will see the podium from where Jack Kennedy gave his speech to “reach the moon within this decade”. We will enter the artifact exhibit gallery where we will see the original Apollo 17 space capsule “America”, Lunar Sample Vault, moon rocks and other displays. Participants will have the opportunity to “Touch a moon rock”.

Luncheon Program: The group will gather in a private room (the Silver Moon Café) for presentations by Jack Schmitt and Jim Reilly on space and planetary topics (11:00 a.m. to Noon) . A plated lunch will be served at noon. There will be free time (1:00-2:00 p.m.) to meet with the astronauts, pick up a book or autographs, visit the “space trader” gift shop, or wander the exhibits.

Afternoon Private Tour Program: Our group will board a private tram (2:00-5:00 p.m.). Stops will consist of: (1) JSC Building 9NE, (2) Mission Control, (3) JSC Rock Yard, and (4) rocket park and a Saturn V rocket on display (Apollo “18”).


Professional: $250

Students: $150

Applicable Credits: none

Limit: 80 people, 15 (students)

Includes: Ground transportation, lunch, entry fees and guidebook

Notes: Many spectacular NASA displays and photographs with be included in these presentations. Cameras are welcomed and encouraged! Participants may wish to bring sunglasses, hat, money for the gift shop and water bottles for the outside tram tour.


Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX - George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000
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Important Notes Regarding Field Trips

  • Field trips are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.
  • If you do not plan on attending the convention, a US $30 enrollment fee will be added to the field trip fee. This fee may be applied toward registration if you decide to attend the convention at a later date.
  • A wait list is automatically created if a field trip sells out. The AAPG Convention Department will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the trip will take place, as trips may be canceled if under-subscribed.
  • Please register well before 23 February. Field trip cancellation due to low enrollment will be considered at this time. No refunds will be allowed on field trips after this date.
  • We will continue to take registrations for field trips not canceled until they are either sold out or closed.
  • It is important that you note your gender when registering for hotel room assignments.
  • Prior to the field trip you will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip phone numbers and email addresses of hotels and trip leaders, etc.
  • Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, windbreaker, sturdy footwear and rucksack).
  • Depending on location, temperatures can range from 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit with or without rain. Participants are advised to check local weather forecasts for latest updates.
  • Insect repellent and sun protection (sunscreen and hats) are recommended.
  • AAPG, the sponsoring organizations nor field trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for individuals.


There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for students on a first-come, first-served basis. If a discounted space is still available, it will show up during the online registration process. If discounted spots are no longer available, you may register at the full fee; if we are able to add additional discounted spots we will refund the difference at that time.

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