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The feature exhibition Space: Journey to Our Future opened its first appearance in the northeastern United States at the Da Vinci Science Center on Saturday.
Sponsored at the Da Vinci Science Center by Air Products and the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation and presented in collaboration with NASA, Space brings the epic and innovative story of space exploration to life. Space appears at the Da Vinci Science Center as the capstone of its Year of Innovation theme – a blockbuster visitor experience that highlights America’s greatest innovative achievements.
Exhibition highlights for Da Vinci Science Center visitors include exploring a future Lunar Base Camp as they walk through a full-size space habitat and work pod; touching real rocks from the Earth’s moon and Mars; taking a spin on a centrifuge that they can power like a bicycle; getting an up-close look at a wide range of artifacts and displays on the new spacecraft that will takes humanity back to the moon and beyond; and exploring the past, present, and future of space through breathtaking displays and interactive experiences.
Space introduces audiences to the dreamers who have risked their lives at times to give people better understanding of who they are and how they fit into the universe around them. Visitors also can get to know explorers who are working today to understand more about planet Earth, the universe’s origins, and if there is other intelligent life in the universe. The Space exhibition is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions of San Antonio, Texas, in collaboration with NASA and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Created to commemorate NASA’s 50th anniversary in 2009, the exhibition has drawn more than four million visitors throughout its national tour of science centers and museums. Its appearance at the Da Vinci Science Center is its first north of Washington, D.C.
The Space exhibition appears at the Da Vinci Science Center through Sept. 7, 2014. The Center’s visitor hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays and from 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Saturday’s opening day of the Space exhibition included a ribbon-cutting by former NASA Astronaut Terry Hart, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. Col. Hart held a meet-and-greet and autograph session Saturday, and visitors received Space exhibition posters.
Innovation from Air Products, one of the exhibition’s Presenting Sponsors at the Da Vinci Science Center, played an important role in NASA’s history. The company built plants in the 1950s capable of producing quantities of liquid oxygen and nitrogen necessary to support America’s emerging space program. Air Products won the competition to make a new rocket propellant – known today as liquid hydrogen – for the Air Force and later NASA later in that decade. The company also supplied liquid nitrogen for NASA Space Shuttles for more than a decade.
“Getting to host the exhibition Space: A Journey to Our Future provides the Da Vinci Science Center a wonderful opportunity to tell our nation’s greatest stories of innovation and adventure,” said Lin Erickson, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “Space also will inspire curious minds of all ages with the majestic power and awesome creativity that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics bring to our lives and our view of our universe.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Da Vinci Science Center or on the web in advance at davincisciencecenter.org/tickets.
Additional Da Vinci Science Center Year of Innovation sponsors include ATAS International, Inc.; Avantor Performance Materials; B. Braun; Thermo Fisher Scientific; Martin Guitar; AT&T; Follett Corporation; Adams Outdoor Advertising; The Morning Call Media Group; and Zeke Zelker Studios.