Space A Journey To our Future exhibit at Sloan Museum

January 25-May 4, 2014
SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE is created to ignite your desire for discovery, sparking your imagination, and inspiring new generations of explorers to dream of the possibilities that lie ahead.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the educational collaborators for the exhibit. Made possible by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Bishop International Airport, and the Friends of Sloan*Longway.

This extraordinary exhibit, which has toured major Science Centers around the country over four years, gives audiences an opportunity to experience our past explorations and future destiny in space. Visitors to the exhibit are reminded that only through dreaming and exploration can we truly begin to live as inhabitants of this universe in which we find ourselves adrift. SPACE introduces audiences to dreamers and thinkers who have at times risked their lives to give us all a better understanding of who we are and how we fit into the universe around us. We meet today's explorers who are working to understand more about our planet and how to protect it and are on the forefront of the search for answers to our questions about the beginning of our universe and what life exists out there. The exhibit reminds each visitor that it is these unknown questions of our existence that make us all the same, inexorably tied together on this fragile, blue planet. And, through this exhibit, we realize once again that it is a moral imperative for us as the human race and as a planet to continue the search for the answers.

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 exhibits, you will have the opportunity to experience SPACE first hand (not all interactives included at all venues):

  • Touch the Moon and Mars-touch actual rocks from the lunar surface and the red planet

  • Explore a future Lunar Base Camp as you walk through a full-size space habitat and work pod

  • Take a spin on a centrifuge that you power like a bicycle

  • Get an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts from the space program, as well as displays on the new spacecraft that will takes us back to the Moon and beyond

  • Look far into the future of our exploration of the universe in a 360-degree theatre

  • Experience the past, present and future of space through these and dozens of other displays, interactives and experiences

The exhibit explores themes from the space program (included sections vary by venue):

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 exhibit pays tribute to those dreamers and their amazing achievements and will start us on our own journey of discovery.
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 we could not help but be changed forever. This exhibit will remind us of that remarkable achievement and introduce us to people who made that dream come true.

Living the Dream
This series of exhibits will open our eyes to the wonders of discovery that are taking place right now, all around us. Today, NASA and all those who support the cause of space exploration are creating and envisioning new tools and ideas that are helping us unlock many secrets to the Universe and that will propel us into our future adventures in Space. These people, and we as a planet, are truly living the dream!

Dream Of Tomorrow
The final portion of the exhibit will open our eyes to the wonders that our future holds, and introduce 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.

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