Space exploration and research will help us answer the age-old questions: Where did we come from and are we alone? NSF and NASA research programs are helping humanity understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets, and defining the conditions necessary to support life beyond Earth. The four exhibit areas are: A. SPACE – The Final Frontier, B. Electric Space, C. Exploring Our Solar System, and D. Cosmic Journey.
Discover Space features a 42” Touch Table on which patrons will be able to build solar systems in a game called Planet Families. The exhibit will also feature a touchable meteorite collection, including a 10-pound meteorite (4.5 billion years old!). A Space Weather Kiosk displays four digital interactives including Magneto-Golf and a Solar Monitoring Station that shows near-real-time changes in the Sun’s atmosphere and photosphere. Visitors can interact with a 15” diameter and learn about plasmas, the 4th state of matter. One 4K monitor displays stunning video of our Sun and an animation of space weather. The other 4K display shows The Cosmos, a collection of the best images of Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe Beyond.
The Discover Space Quiz Show is a fast-paced and humorous version of a TV game show. Up to three patrons can play the game with a host (an animation of a Mars Rover) asking questions about space science and astronomy and providing the answers. The Mission to Mars Kiosk takes patrons on a journey to Mars and back. Asteroids and comets are featured in the Space Rocks Kiosk that includes a touch screen featuring games such as What if it Hit My Town and Asteroid Impact.
Hands-on interactives also include a Daily Planetary Report Station, where patrons can step in front of a green screen, don an assortment of costumes and give a report from various locations in our Solar System such as Mars and a moon of Saturn. This station includes props and could get a little noisy. Also included are two Discovery Stations with various space-themed, hands-on activities such as designing and building robotic rovers (using Legos and other equipment).