SPACE: A Journey to Our Future – Fact Sheet
WHAT: “SPACE: A Journey to Our Future” is a touring exhibition on space exploration, one of the most comprehensive interactive presentations ever developed. The exhibit introduces visitors to today’s explorers who are shaping our future in the universe and lets us literally step into the future of space exploration.
MADE POSSIBLE BY: “SPACE” is made possible by General Motors. Lead promotional units of GM are Cadillac and OnStar. The exhibit is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions (formerly Clear Channel Exhibitions) in educational collaboration with NASA, Lockheed Martin Space Day, and the National Science Teachers Association.
PURPOSE: To ignite the desire for discovery, spark imaginations and inspire a new generation of explorers in space.
SECTIONS: The exhibit’s content encompasses four themes:
1) Dare to Dream, 2) A Dream Come True, 3) Living the Dream, 4) Dream of Tomorrow
EXHIBIT SIZE: Approximately 5,000 square feet
LENGTH OF TOUR: 5 years
POINTS OF INTEREST:
- Touch the Moon and Mars. Visitors can touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet.
- Space Exploration Artifacts. Visitors will see a wide range of artifacts from the space program past and present, presented in context–space suits, lunar rover tire, camera and lunar scoop from Apollo program, early fuel cell, shuttle tiles, etc. Also, artifacts that tell about our fascination with space, such as Jules Verne’s “Earth to the Moon,” “War of the Worlds” and Life Magazine stories.
- Today’s Space Program. This interactive area examines the International Space Station, NASA studies in areas such as robonauts, deep space probes, next-generation telescopes, living in space and space tourism. Mars rover model and Mars experience area helps visitors learn about current missions.
- Constellation Program. Visitors get an up-close look at the Orion, the new spacecraft that will bring human explorers back to the moon, and the Ares rocket, which will propel the new spacecraft.
- Lunar Base Camp. Would-be explorers can literally step into the future and interact aboard a re-created future base camp on the Lunar surface.
- Create your Own Mission to Mars. Through hands-on interactive displays and modules, visitors can design their own trip to Mars–from the design of the spacecraft to living quarters to supplies needed (and, find out how successful their trip would likely be).
- “Future Theatre.” In an immersive media experience, looks far into the future of exploration and deep into space, pondering mysteries to be revealed and questions to be answered.