Space Launches in St. Louis
Space: A Journey to Our Future, a large-scale traveling exhibition, opened in June at St. Louis Science Center, where it will appear through November.
Opening events kicked off with a private reception for members and VIPs, with Capt. Gene Cernan (Ret.) as the guest speaker. Other events included an educators' preview and a media preview.
One of the largest-ever touring space events, the 12,000-square-foot exhibition will remain on display in St. Louis through November 28, 2004 before traveling to other major North American science centers and museums over the next four years.
The purpose of SPACE is to present educational elements in scenic environments that will fuel one's imagination in the future of space exploration. "We hope this exhibit will help inspire the next generation of dreamers and explorers," says Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA'S Associate Administrator for Education. "We want to ignite the desire for discovery in the youth who'll be our next pioneers to explore the galaxy."
SPACE examines amazing discoveries and explorations from the past and introduces visitors to today's explorers who are shaping our future destiny in the universe. In addition to immersive scenic elements, the exhibit features live performances, child-friendly interactives, state-of-the-art projection and audio technology to bring this epic story to life. Highlights include a live visit with Galileo, opportunities to touch pieces of the Moon and Mars, ride a centrifuge, and visit a simulated scientific base camp on Mars.
Developed in educational collaboration with NASA and NSTA, Space is made possible by General Motors, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Space Day Foundation, with additional support by Cadillac and OnStar. St. Louis Science Center served as education committee lead for the exhibit.