Fifty years ago, Apollo astronauts set foot upon the Moon – where will we be fifty years from now? Through artifacts and experiences, Launchpad: Promise of Discovery explores what it takes to get to space and where we might go with that power.
This exciting new 6,000 square foot exhibit installed in the Museum’s Gary Havener upstairs gallery was developed and created by the Museum’s team scientists, curators, designers and educators to tell the story of space exploration past, present and future. With our deep collection of space artifacts, custom-built interactive components and a cutting-edge layer of technology, Launchpad: Promise of Discovery will take guests on a cosmic journey.
Apollo Missions and Space Exploration History: Exploring space has defined the modern era. From Sputnik to the Space Shuttle, the vehicles we’ve used are iconic and the tools have been remarkable. Discover spaceflight artifacts from the Museum’s collection, along with images, audio and video from the first sixty years of space exploration. Journey through the Space Race and the events leading up to our first steps on the Moon.
Science of Space: From solar panels to special cameras, space is full of fascinating science. Explore hands-on activities to learn about the physics, chemistry and engineering behind space. Learn how astronomers and planetary scientists study the universe and what they’ve learned.
Art of Space: The universe contains a vastness and variety beyond comprehension. Humans have been trying to express visually what they see and feel about the cosmos for centuries. Experience art and music connected to space, and try your hand at your own cosmic art.
Current Science: Satellites in space enable breakthrough technology here on Earth, from GPS to weather forecasting and firefighting. Discover stories of how access to space is changing our lives and how we look at the world.
Virtual Reality Laboratory: We can’t yet vacation on the Moon, but we can see what the astronauts saw in stunning virtual reality (VR). Over a dozen VR headsets allow you to explore our past, present and future in space.