Blast Off to a Summer of Space Exploration at OMSI

Museum to launch new exhibition on the challenges and future of living and working in space
06/07/2016

Portland, Ore. (June 7, 2016) – Beginning June 18, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is taking guests through an out-of-this-world experience with the exciting new exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit features hands-on, immersive experiences that will give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment of space.  They'll learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature extremes, to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components, and interactive exhibits, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space – from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.

The exhibit finale includes a full scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they're floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.

To complement Journey to Space, OMSI has organized a series of new programs and demonstrations available to guests throughout the run of the exhibit. On weekends visitors can explore how space ties together difference branches of science through hands-on labs in chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Inside the exhibit OMSI has hands-on demos that explore everything from space suit fabric to Shuttle tiles, rocket launches to gyroscopes. Plus, this summer will feature Star Parties, new Planetarium shows, special space-themed giveaways, and film festivals for audiences of all ages.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition runs June 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017. To learn more visit omsi.edu.

Press note: All media requests to tour/photograph/film the exhibit must be made in advance.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the California Science Center in cooperation with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative with major support from NASA. The exhibit is proudly sponsored locally by Mentor Graphics.

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit omsi.edu.

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