Exhibit opens June 9, 2023
H ow is Earth changing? What is it like on other planets? Does life exist beyond Earth? What’s happening on the Sun, and how does it affect us? 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 visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe!
Sun, Earth, Universe includes fun and compelling exhibits for visitors of all ages. Follow the design-build-test cycle of engineering and build a model spacecraft for your own mission to space. Spin a tumbler of 10,000 beads, representing all of the stars we can see from Earth to search for the unique one that represents our Sun. Reveal hidden images using the same tools NASA scientists employ to explore the otherwise invisible forces and energy of the universe. Take a break in the seating area and play the Your Mission to Space board game, or help younger visitors pilot rovers across the Mars landscape play table. These fun experiences (and many more!) introduce visitors to ongoing NASA research in the fields of heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and encourage them to imagine what the future of Earth and space science might hold.
The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition will be on display at Hastings Museum as part of a nationwide effort designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science.
The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was created in collaboration with the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration (NASA). The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition was developed by a team
led by the Science Museum of Minnesota, and fifty-two copies will be fabricated 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).
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