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Upcoming events

    • 17 Apr 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • JSC Gilruth Ballroom

    Guest Speaker

    Ken Bowersox

    Associate Administrator for NASA’s

    Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD)


    5:30pm - 6:30pm  Social Hour

    6:30pm - 7:20pm  Dinner

    7:20pm - 7:30pm   NAL Business Meeting

    7:30pm  Presentation

    Space Operations: Mapping the Next Decade of Low Earth Orbit Exploration

    9:00pm  Event Complete


    Lucho’s Tex-Mex: Choice of 2 enchiladas (Beef, Chicken, or Cheese), Rice, Charro Beans, Chips/Salsa, Tea, Water, Dessert


      $20 per person for NAL Members & Spouses

    $22 per person for Non-members

     Additional $3 per person for Bar Service if drinking wine or beer will be collected at the door that evening.

    Reservations are due by 12 noon on Monday, April 15, 2024

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Robert E. Lee High School

    We need a host of volunteers to assist in a variety of roles, to help 1,100 athletes shine in a smoothly run competition designed to help them be their best. We need your help to do this! Approximately 100-150 volunteers are needed for this event.

    Not familiar with how the competition works? That’s OK!  Demonstrations and training will be provided day-of-event, at the start of your shift to ensure a positive volunteer experience for you!  Please arrive 15 minutes early for instructions.


    We are looking for volunteers to fill shifts starting at 6:30 am and throughout the entire day!

    Please choose a shift that you would like to assist with. Shifts are subject to change based on the needs in other areas. Positions and their responsibilities are outlined on the volunteer sign up link below. Friends and family are welcome to participate.

    Age Eligibility

    • 15 years and older may volunteer on their own
    • 8 to 14 years must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone.
    • 7 years & younger are not given volunteer assignments but are welcome and encouraged to cheer athletes as long as accompanied by a parent/guardian/chaperone at all times.
    Location: Robert E. Lee High School, 1809 Market St., Baytown, TX 77520


    Wear weather-appropriate athletic clothing and comfortable closed toe shoes. Please be sure to wear your Space Center Volunteers t-shirt.

    Please bring water to stay hydrated and pack lightly, there is no storage for any personal belongings.

    SOTX will send you a text, if there is a change in schedule or location, due to the weather.

    NO ANIMALS allowed unless they are service pets.

    Sign up to volunteer at this link coordinated by the Special Olympics Texas (NOT Space Center Volunteers): WhoCanBeThere - East Region Spring Games

    Make sure you register as a Group - “Space Center Volunteers”

    Once you register, you will be sent a confirmation email immediately, SOTX will send another email the day prior to the event as a reminder that you signed up to volunteer.

    All volunteers must present a valid ID.

    ** If you need a Space Center Volunteers T-shirt and submit your First & Last Name, Email and T-shirt size to Joyce Abbey at: joyce.b.abbey@nasa.gov


    Shirts will only be provided to those who have not received one for a previous event AND SUBMIT the needed information before April 15, 2024. Shirts will be provided first come, first served, in adult sizes only and may run out.

    • 20 Apr 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend Lake

    Golfers of all skill levels are invited to hit the links for a great cause at one of the most renowned waterfront golf courses in western Louisiana and eastern Texas. 

    On Saturday, April 20, 2024, the recently remodeled Cypress Bend Resort on Toledo Bend Lake in Many, Louisiana will host a golf tournament benefiting the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum ‘Remembering Columbia.


    The format for the tournament is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Entrance fees are $280 per team, which includes greens fees, food, and cart fees. Refreshments will be served on the course. Mulligans will also be available for purchase.

    Following the tournament, awards and cash prizes will go to the winning team and winners of several contests, including longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one.

    The always-picturesque Cypress Bend Resort treats players to a round of challenging golf on a championship course featuring crisp country air and dramatic views of the lake, hills, and spectacular landscaping.


    This 5th benefit golf tournament is presented by friends of the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum ‘Remembering Columbia,’ located in Hemphill, Texas. The museum serves as a memorial to the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and as an educational facility dedicated to creating science and technology-inspiring learning opportunities for children and adults.


    Area businesses and organizations, as well as individuals, are invited to support the nonprofit’s mission of inspiring the ‘Next Greatest Generation’ through sponsorships of the golf tournament. Hole sponsors at the $100 level will have their organization’s name featured on placards on the course greens. At the $500 level, tee-off sponsors will be able to have a banner placed at the tournament site. Event sponsors at the $3,000 level will have their name/logo featured on the greens, as well as provided space to set up a table or tent to promote their business or organization. Major sponsors will receive the benefits of the other levels, as well as being included in tournament promotional materials, online publicity, as well as being named an honorary member of the museum, with their name being included on the wall of supporters.

    Teams may complete registration here: https://tinyurl.com/mwezptee


    For more information or to purchase sponsorships, contact the museum at (409) 787-4827 or email columbiamuseum@yahoo.com


    Learn more about the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA Museum 'Remembering Columbia' at www.NASAColumbiaMuseum.com.

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