Jump into your space suit and report for training, because the newest addition to Arizona Science Center has landed and it’s out of this world! The Astronaut exhibition is coming to the Science Center from February 6 - May 31, 2021, bringing with it a whole space lab full of science fun. This new interactive and hands-on exhibition explores the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and gives visitors a taste of what life is like outside of Earth and its atmosphere.
“Astronaut is a really unique exhibition because it reveals all the stages of becoming a space explorer. From training to blasting off and living in space, Astronaut investigates the day-to-day activities alongside the unique science conducted in space, exposing a reality not often shown,” said Dean Briere, The Hazel A. Hare Interim CEO of Arizona Science Center. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can experience g-force, conduct maintenance on a space station, grow space food, and learn the realities of showering, sleeping, and using the toilet in space.
The exhibition also focuses on teamwork to solve problems, accurately perform tasks, and overcome challenges that an astronaut would face on a real mission to the cosmos. Visitors will have the chance to test their grip strength in special gloves that mimic a pressurized spacesuit or they can work together to launch a space mission smoothly. Built-in the Scitech workshop in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Astronaut is a fun adventure for all ages. Imagine Exhibitions CEO Tom Zaller shared, “Imagine Exhibitions is proud to partner with Scitech to bring Astronaut to Arizona Science Center. For decades, the scientific, technological, and engineering challenges of space exploration have captured our imaginations. Astronaut allows visitors to not only imagine life as a cosmic explorer but to actually experience the incredible ways that humans survive in outer space.”
Come learn all about Astronaut, open daily to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a limited engagement through May 31, 2021. Tickets are available to purchase at Arizona Science Center and azscience.org.