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Five years ago, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened as a permanent exhibit here at Space Center Houston!

This international landmark offers an experience like nothing else in the world: visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. The multiple exhibits in Independence Plaza grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration.

As part of our celebration, we created the Solving Space puzzle (above) for you to unscramble!

Learn Before You Go

Enjoy these fast facts that are good to know about the space shuttle era at NASA:

Want to learn more? Check out NASA’s Space Shuttle Fact Sheet, or better yet, watch the video below and see inside shuttle replica Independence when you visit Space Center Houston!