SPACE is a highly interactive exhibition that ignites the desire for space exploration and discovery, sparking imaginations and inspiring new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead.
Highlights include touching actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet, exploring a Lunar Base Camp while walking through a full-size space habitat and work pod, taking a spin on a centrifuge, and looking far into the future of our exploration of the universe in a 360-degree theatre.
SPACE uses immersive scenic elements, the most advanced interactive exhibits and
state-of-the-art projection and audio technology to bring this epic story to life. Along with many other activities, you will have the opportunity to experience SPACE firsthand:
- Explore Einstein’s theory of curved space-time.
- Hubble: Examine a slideshow of images taken by astronomer Edwin Hubble and witness his discovery of the red shift.
- Touch the Moon and Mars: Touch actual meteorites from the lunar surface and the red planet
- Earth, Moon and Mars Scales: Step onto the Earth, Moon, and Mars Scales and learn the difference between mass and weight. (Three different scales)
- Space Bike: Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle to learn about the physiological challenges on a long trip to Mars. (Three riders)
- Next Generation Spacecraft: Using the gesture tracking interface, build next generation spacecraft: Ares I and Ares V.
- Collecting Light: Discover the nature of light, by looking at different telescopes, highlighting the same star field through five different telescope set-ups: ultraviolet, infrared, microwave, radio and visible.
- Infrared telescope: Step in front of an Infrared camera and see your body’s temperatures by color on the screen.
- Probes: Find out about the fleet of starships exploring our solar system and what they are teaching us about our planet in this video interactive.
- Design a New Spacecraft: Via this computer interactive, design a new spacecraft for destinations including the moon, Mars, or Alpha Centauri. (Three stations)
- Pack for the Trip: In this computer interactive, determine what to pack for a trip to Mars (Three stations)
- NASA at Home and City: Discover how space exploration influences your daily life by navigating a virtual home and city.
- Build your own Mars base camp: In this computer interactive, plan your own Mars base camp (Three stations)
- Lunar Base Camp: Explore Moon habitat as you walk through a full-size habitat and work pod.
- Mars Rover: Fly a Mars rover over the surface of Mars in this computer interactive. (Two stations)
- Discover Space: Computer stations featuring the Starry Night software and the NASA and Space Day websites. (Four stations)
EXHIBIT SECTION HIGHLIGHTS:
The exhibit content in “SPACE: A Journey to Our Future” is organized into four main areas: 1) Dare to Dream 2) A Dream Come True 3) Living the Dream and 4) Dream of Tomorrow.
Dare to Dream
Through the centuries, countless dreamers who dared to find the answers to our very existence have shaped humankind’s knowledge of our place in the universe. This area pays tribute to those dreamers and their amazing achievements and will start us on our own journey of discovery. A large-scale 360° video screen installation is devoted to questions about the universe and our existence: How big is the universe? How did the universe begin? Are we alone? Who is the next Galileo?
A Dream Come True
To this day we are still awed by the image of the Earth as seen from the Moon during the Apollo program. For the first time, we saw our fragile place in the universe and were changed forever. This area reminds us of that remarkable achievement and introduces us to people who made that dream come true.
Living the Dream
This series of activities opens our eyes to the wonders of discovery that are taking place right now, all around us. Today, all over the world, people and organizations are creating and envisioning new tools and ideas that are helping us unlock many secrets to the universe, propelling us into our future adventures in Space. These people, and we as a planet, are truly living the dream. Multimedia, graphic and interactive displays describe many of NASA’s current studies in areas such as robonauts, deep space probes, next generation telescopes, living in space and space tourism.
Dream of Tomorrow
The final portion of the exhibit opens our eyes to the wonders that our future holds, and introduces us to today’s dreamers who – like those before them – dare to imagine what secrets the Cosmos holds. Our journey into that future has many destinations and we will become true inhabitants of the universe if we continue to dream of tomorrow.
Visitors board the Lunar Expedition Station in the year 2020 on a mission to the moon. They encounter the leader of the base expedition team who invites them inside to explore the living quarter modules.
The exit area encourages everyone to continue their journey of discovery in space exploration by showing visitors where and how they can find out more information through NASA and Space Day.
Content Collaborators & Corporate Sponsors: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), General Motors, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Lockheed Martin, Space Day
EXHIBIT SIZE: 5,000 - 6,000 square feet
LENGTH OF VENUE: Approximately three months - Spring, Summer, Fall
TARGET AUDIENCE: 7-years-old and up, families, schools
NATIONAL SPONSOR: General Motors & Lockheed Martin
CONTENT DEVELOPMENT: David Weiss
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS: Teacher’s guide provided.
EDUCATION COLLABORATOR: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
INSURANCE: Museum must provide a certificate of insurance for $5 million (general liability) and $2 million (property damage insurance).
SHIPPING COST: Museum pays for incoming shipping costs.
INSTALLATION/DEINSTALLATION: Two Evergreen technicians will be provided to assist in set-up and take-down. Venue is responsible for providing 8-10 qualified individuals to help set-up and take-down.
DOOR AND CEILING SIZE: Exhibit requires a 7’ X 8’ opening. 13’-16’ ceiling is required.
ENVIRONMENT: HVAC system required.
ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS: 150 amp 3 phase 208 volt
SECURITY LEVEL: Gallery attendants required.
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