Keeping Your Balance

Be a part of the next giant leap. Help solve real-world problems and take part in science research. Space Center Houston guests can be a part of a live research study Aug. 15, 20, and 29. Perform a balance test by standing on density foam and perform a tandem walk. The study will screen for vestibular issues to learn how balance changes with age here on Earth. Investigate the why, learn how you can contribute and be a part of the NASA mission.

The study will look at adults ages 21-90 and children ages 4-20, and how their balance scores change as they age. It’s all a part of Space Center Houston’s Innovation Gateway community science initiative. The program empowers the public with authentic learning experiences that contribute to real scientific research. The Innovation Gateway community science initiative enables everyone to be an active part of the future of space exploration.

In a microgravity environment of space, changes to the human body can affect muscles, bones and balance. To test how gravitational environments may affect balance and stability, astronauts go through a variety of tests before and after space travel. Through observing astronauts and the impact on the human body in space, scientists are finding solutions that can help people on Earth.

To develop solutions for real-world challenges, Space Center Houston is collaborating with scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery to study adult balance. Together, the two organizations are developing norms for tests of balance in children. Those norms or baselines can then be used to help understand balance problems as people age. This study will evaluate children to learn the effects of a fall during sports events and the possible resulting problems.

Join the mission and experience all that Space Center Houston has to offer with more than 400 things to see and do. Tickets are available online at or at the door. Prices range from $24.95 for children to $29.95 for adults with discounts for seniors and members of the military. Become a member and come back free as often as you like for one year, plus get free parking after the first visit.

Where: Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058



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