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The Montshire Museum of Science is an interactive science center in Norwich, Vermont, with more than 150 hands-on exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, ecology, and technology. Outdoors, visitors can explore nature trails and exhibits on wind, water, and sound in David Goudy Science Park. Visiting exhibitions, educational programs, and special events are offered throughout the year.


Montshire Launches Brand New Exhibition Destination: Space!

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the Montshire Museum of Science will open Destination: Space! — a new series of exhibitions that highlight the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing.

Destination: Space! features three special exhibitions:

  • Sun, Earth, Universe
  • Planetary Landscapes: Works by Ned Kahn
  • One Giant Leap: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary

Sun, Earth, Universe

Sun, Earth, Universe is a new exhibition about our planet, the solar system, and the universe, and the big questions NASA is trying to answer about each. How is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us?

Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this 600-square-foot exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe!

Sun, Earth, Universe includes fun and compelling exhibits for all ages. Visitors can:

  • Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for their own mission to space.
  • Reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to explore the otherwise invisible forces and energy of the universe.
  • Play the Your Mission to Space board game, or help younger visitors pilot rovers across the Mars landscape play table.

These fun experiences — and many more— introduce people to ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and encourage them to imagine what the future of Earth and space science might hold.

The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was created through a project led by Arizona State University, in collaboration with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).*

Planetary Landscapes: Works by Ned Kahn

Imagine passing your hand through a cauldron of billowing fog, activating a vortex akin to the dust devils in Jupiter’s atmosphere, or sculpting sand dunes like those on Mars. Internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn brings these experiences to life through the exhibition Planetary Landscapes.

Kahn’s interactive sculptures are designed to explore, in constantly varying patterns, the dynamic forces that shape our solar system. In Planetary Landscapes, Ned Kahn has created a family of interactive artworks that bring vast natural processes within our reach, and sends our imaginations on a journey through the cosmos.

One Giant Leap: The Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary

2019 marks the 50thanniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing. Celebrate one of the greatest accomplishments in space exploration. Learn about the technology used to send a person to the moon. Watch astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin take their first lunar steps. Reflect on the unknown and share your ideas on the next phase of space exploration today.

Additional Programs: 2019 will be a year of celebration and discovery at the Montshire. In addition to Destination: Space! the Museum will offer a stellar line-up of space-centric programs and events, including Astronomy Day on January 26, a space-focused Montshire Talks (Montshire’s conversation series) in the month of March, and a 50th anniversary celebration of the moon landing on July 20.

Destination: Space! will be open from Saturday, January 12, 2019 through Sunday, August 4, 2019.

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*The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universeexhibitions are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network).

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).