September 18, 2017

Journey to Space

Get as close to space as possible without leaving Earth!

What’s it like to live and work in space? How do astronauts sleep in a weightless environment, go to the bathroom in orbit, and what effect does space travel have on their bodies? Explore the extraordinary conditions, dangers and rewards of human space travel in Journey to Space, the latest traveling exhibition at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Featuring two walk-through, rotating labs that let visitors “climb aboard” the International Space Station (ISS) Destiny module, Journey to Space is a hands-on adventure for all ages that demonstrates the advancements in spacecraft and spacesuit technology that allow people to exist for longer periods of time in a hostile environment. The exhibition runs Oct. 21, 2017-May 6, 2018 with member preview days Oct. 19-20. The exhibition is presented locally by Highland Capital Management and requires a surcharge.

Presented in English and Spanish, Journey to Space explores the astonishing yet forbidding environment of space. From the vacuum of space and radiation to meteoroids and temperature extremes, guests of all ages will learn about the perils that astronauts face during their missions and the adaptations that engineers have developed to help them survive while in space. With 10,000 square feet of interactives, whole-body experiences and authentic artifacts, visitors can launch a rocket, test gravity in a drop tower, control a robotic arm, and experience the sights and sounds (and even smells!) on board an orbiting space station. Even tykes and tots will have a blast at the space station activity area and construction center, complete with dollhouses and space station figurines. Nearby, guests can marvel at Neil Armstrong’s actual helmet and gloves from his Apollo 11 mission along with numerous authentic space travel and exploration relics.

The ultimate space experience continues with Journey to Space 3D (Oct. 19, 2017-May 6, 2018) in The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Narrated by Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Patrick Stewart, the 20-minute film explains how space exploration didn’t die with the end of the Space Shuttle program. Rather, some of the most exciting missions of our time are ahead – from capturing asteroids to landing astronauts on Mars. 

Journey to Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center and partner museums.