Space Exhibit Hits The Road

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The final frontier may be coming to a museum or science center near you in the next five years. General Motors, Space Day Foundation, and Lockheed Martin have joined forces to sponsor a 12,000-square-foot traveling exhibition on the whos, the hows and, perhaps most important, the whys of space exploration. "SPACE: A Journey to Our Future" lifts off at Seattle's Pacific Science Center Nov. 22. It will be in Seattle until May 9 before heading off for a tour of up to 15 U.S. cities. "We hope this exhibit will help inspire the next generation of dreamers and explorers," said Dr. Adena Williams Loston, of NASA, which created the exhibit in conjunction with Clear Channel Exhibitions and the National Science Teachers Association. The massive exhibit will give visitors the chance to touch pieces of the moon and Mars, ride a lunar module simulator to a surface facsimile of the moon and visit a simulated scientific base on Mars. There will also be state-of-the-art audiovisual presentations of past exploits as well as live performances and child-friendly interactive displays. "Our exploration of space is an absolute necessity," said former astronaut Gene Cernan. "This exhibit could be the spark that lights the imagination of a future astronaut or a scientist in the space program." There's plenty for everyone to see and do but there's an educational emphasis for ages nine to 17.