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Destination: Space! (opens Jan 12, 2019)

Destination: Space! highlights the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing. It 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. Packed with engaging, hands-on interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery, this exhibition will connect you with current NASA science research and launch you on a journey to explore the universe!

  • Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for your 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.

Learn about the ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and imagine what the future of Earth and space science might hold.

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 an entire family of artwork that brings 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 50th anniversary 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.

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The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions 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).