Space: A Journey to Our Future
WhereSan Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego, CA
WhenThrough January 2012
HoursDaily 10am to 4pm
AdmissionSpecial admission prices for SPACE: $24.00 for adults, $21.00 for seniors and $12.00 for kids ages 3-11. Admission to SPACE includes entrance to the general museum galleries
Discover where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going through dozens of interactive multimedia displays that reveal the history and future of space exploration. Through state-of-the-art technology Space: A Journey to Our Future inspires visitors of all ages to dream about what’s out there and how to get there.
The exhibition opens with a “big bang” by immersing visitors in a 360-degree film projection room for a five-minute overview of the history and future of space travel.
Artifacts, models, memorabilia, and even touchable moon rocks then present a comprehensive survey of past missions to the moon and beyond via the Apollo missions, the Space Shuttle program, planetary landers, and probes. An interactive computer station also invites visitors to design their own deep space mission, starting with the vehicle that will take them there.
The remainder of the exhibition space is filled with multimedia displays that further examine plans and prospects for future space travel. Among these is an opportunity for visitors to take a spin on a bicycle-powered centrifuge, the type that will give long-range space travelers the regular exercise needed to sustain a healthy body in zero gravity.
Additional displays describe planned missions to the moon and Mars, as visitors are given a chance to create their own planetary base camp. The exhibition culminates with a full-scale model for a future Lunar Base Camp, complete with bunk-beds, a kitchen, and an interactive computer task that helps recreate the experience of life as a lunar research scientist.