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SpacePlace

Overview

What would it be like to be an astronaut? Here's your chance to find out! SpacePlace is your one-way ticket to learn what it's like to live and work aboard the International Space Station and learn about Earth-based careers in space exploration.

Our Zero-G Climbers allow your group to feel simulated weightlessness, just like an astronaut on a spacewalk. Get up close and personal with artifacts, mission patches, and a real flight suit worn by NASA astronauts. Don't forget to explore our two-story walk-in replica of the International Space Station which includes an experiment toolbox, astronaut food, and even a space toilet!

Adults who visited the Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science between 1939 and 1991 will be excited to see an old friend, the original Zeiss Model II star projector. The projector, which looks like a science fiction robot, rose out of the floor and could project an image of the stars from any location on Earth's surface.

When You Arrive

  • Anybody wishing to experience the Zero-G Climbers must weigh at least 75 pounds and fit into a harness. All participants must obey the instructions given by Science Center staff while they are on the Zero-G Climbers.
  • Encourage your students to refrain from line holding and line jumping at the Zero-G Climbers.
  • Don't forget to visit both sections of the International Space Station on the first floor and second floor.
  • Want To Learn More?

    Here are some trusted web resources that go deeper into the topics covered in SpacePlace.

    Beyond Earth

    The Planetary Society

    Google Lunar XPRIZE

    Mars Exploration Rover Mission



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