Be The Astronaut at Sloan Museum

Through May 13, 2018

Sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint



Be The Astronaut is a videogame-based exhibit that families can enjoy together! Verified by NASA for accuracy, this space adventure teaches science and engineering concepts through exciting missions to the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and the asteroid belt. Recommended for kids 8-14 and their families. Be The Astronaut is a traveling exhibit by Eureka Exhibits.

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Plan and pilot your own missions

Cycle through three stations to complete a mission: NAV, SCI, and FLY. You can journey through multiple cycles to experience all available missions in the exhibit. As you plan your mission, choose your destination: the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, the asteroid belt, or deep space. When you get there, journey through virtual re-creations built directly from NASA space probe data. You'll also choose the spacecraft you'll pilot on your mission: an interplanetary spaceship, a lander, or a rover. These futuristic vehicles are scientifically plausible, all designed with assistance and oversight from NASA's Langley Research Facility.

Explore the Mission Cycle

NAV Station

NAV is short for Celestial Navigation. At this touch-screen station, you will plan your mission and learn about navigation in space. Chart your course to your space destination! Will you visit the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, or the asteroid belt?

SCI Station

SCI is short for Science & Technology. Use this drag-and-drop matching game to prepare your spacecraft for blast off! You'll investigate the science and technology needed to keep humans alive and healthy in space.

FLY Station

FLY is the spectacular capstone to each mission! You'll fly the spacecraft you've outfitted along the flight path you've designed. Blast off in your own space capsule, equipped with a 70" monitor for a windshield and touch-screen and joystick controls.

Astronaut ID Card

A magnetic Astronaut ID card tracks your progress through the exhibit, allowing you to save your completed missions and come back for more another day! 

Space School at Longway Planetarium

Featured Show through May 13, 2018

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Dive into the underwater world of outer space! The adventure continues at Longway Planetarium with Space School, a new show that explores how astronauts train for space in extreme underwater environments. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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Cosmic Combo Tickets

Experience Be The Astronaut at Sloan Museum and Space School at Longway Planetarium with a Cosmic Combo ticket. Tickets are valid for general admission to Sloan Museum during regular hours on the day of your Space School show time only. This includes access to Be The Astronaut, as well as all other galleries and exhibitions at Sloan Museum.

COSMIC COMBO Tickets
$14 adults, $12 seniors 60+, $9 youth ages 2-11

Sloan Museum Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday: 12-5 p.m.

Space School Show Times
1 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
4 p.m. Daily
7 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday

For more information, call (810) 237-3450.

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