Space exploration and research will help us answer the age-old questions: Where did we come from and are we alone? NSF and NASA research programs are helping
humanity understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars, and planets, and defining the conditions necessary to support life beyond Earth.
It will include four exhibit areas: A. Space: The Final Frontier, B. Electric Space, C. Exploring Our Solar System, and D. Cosmic Journey.
Exhibit goals for visitors are: 1) Learn how stars and planetary systems form and the role that gravity plays, 2) Understand the similarities and differences between Earth and Mars and the tools we use to explore planets, 3) Explore the role that asteroids and comets play in our Solar System, 4) Learn that the Sun is a dynamic star and how it varies, and 5) Explore electric and magnetic changes that take place in space (e.g., the aurora).
The exhibit will include a touchscreen computer kiosk that contains several games that will engage children and adults. Some of the interactive experiences include Mission to Mars, Magneto Golf along with a Quiz game.
Explore Space: A Cosmic Journey, a traveling exhibition for libraries, is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and Afterschool Alliance. Explore Space is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.