It is human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.
- Michael Collins, Gemini and Apollo astronaut

Developed in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative, the 10,000-square-foot Space exhibition invites visitors to experience traveling to, and living and working in, space. Visitors are immersed in the challenges that astronauts—and the engineers and scientists that make their journeys possible—face. Space premiered at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2015 and is now touring to museums throughout the United States. Space features interactive exhibits, whole body experiences, and authentic artifacts that engage visitors with the unparalleled adventure of space exploration.

Features

  • 10,000 square feet
  • Two massive rotating labs modeled after the International Space Station's Destiny module
  • Hands-on space interactives, including a robotic arm, water rockets, and ion engines
  • A miniature space station activity area and space base construction center specifically designed for your youngest visitors
  • Numerous authentic space travel and exploration objects on display
  • Bilingual—English and Spanish

This project is supported by NASA under award numbers NXX10AK10G, NNX12AL42G and NNX14AD16G.

BACK TO PROJECT HISTORY

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Dangers of Space
Explore the dangers of space.
See the hole blown through a thick metal plate by a simulated meteoroid, and examine a spacesuit arm cut open to reveal the 10 layers of materials designed to protect astronauts from the hazards of space.

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Projections from Earth
Projection of Images of Earth
Gaze at the beauty of Earth as astronauts see it when you watch a large projection of images of Earth taken from orbiting spacecraft.

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16-foot Drop Tower
16-foot Drop Tower
Explore the effects that weightlessness has on common objects using a 16-foot drop tower equipped with slow motion instant replay video.

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Animations of Orbital Flight Physics
Animations of Orbital Flight Physics
Don’t understand why astronauts float? Select questions and view short animations that help explain the amazing physics of orbital flight.

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Pressurized Glove
Pressurized Glove
Discover why working in a spacesuit is so difficult when you use a pressurized glove to complete a simple task.

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Robotic Arm
Robotic Arm
Control a robotic arm the way astronauts on the International Space Station do, using hand controllers and video monitors.

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Space Toilet
Space Toilet
Sit on a mock-up of a space toilet and learn how everything from going to the bathroom to eating and exercising is different in space.

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Space Station “Dollhouse”
Space Station “Dollhouse”
Play with a space station “dollhouse” and imagine what it would be like to live in space.

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Destiny Lab Module
Destiny Lab Module
Get a taste of the disorientation experienced by first-time astronauts when you enter a full-sized mock-up of the International Space Station’s U.S. Destiny Lab module.

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Mars Magnetic Wall
Mars Magnetic Wall
Imagine life on Mars as you use magnets to construct a colony on the red planet.
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