Must Do in Dallas: The Perot Museum’s JOURNEY TO SPACE Exhibition

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On Thursday I attended a media event at the Perot Museum to learn more about and explore their newest traveling exhibition, Journey to Space.

We had two special treats while we were there for the media day. The first was hearing a talk by NASA pioneer, Astronaut General Tom Stafford, who was part of the Gemini and Apollo expeditions. What a privilege to hear from him about his long and fascinating career.

The second surprise was a live feed from the ISS!

Both treats had us primed to explore the exhibit, and trust me, as someone who has visited both the US Space and Rocket Center in Alabama and Kennedy Space Center in Florida, they’ve put together a great experience.

Their newest exhibit will get you as close to space as possible without leaving Earth (or traveling to one of NASA’s Space Centers)! In this out-of-this-world, hands-on, bilingual (presented in English and Spanish) exhibition, explore the extraordinary environment of space, from the very real dangers that astronauts face during their missions above Earth, to the adaptations that engineers have developed to help them survive while in space.

One of their biggest exhibits at 10,000 square feet, Journey to Space features two massive rotating labs that provide a glimpse of what it looks and feels like to be on the International Space Station Destiny module.  The Destiny Lab is modeled after the research lab attached to the International Space Station and rotates around you during a four-minute tour – so it looks and feels like the real thing! The disorientation the rotation causes simulates the feeling that many astronauts experience during their first days in space. (Trust me – it’s VERY cool.)

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You can also learn how astronauts perform routine activities in space such as eating, sleeping, washing hair and exercising. (And using the bathroom! You know you’re curious about this, admit it.)

You can view Neil Armstrong’s actual helmet and gloves from his Apollo 11 mission, and experience interactives including a robotic arm (it’s harder to use than you would thing) and water rockets.

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There is also exhibits that better explains how zero gravity affects your body and a cool one that demonstrates just how it makes it harder to work in space. (While I love reading about cool facts, I appreciate how this exhibit demonstrates them.)

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I loved the videos of current and retired astronauts describe the quirks, obstacles and exhilaration of journeying through space. Routine things such as eating, sleeping, washing hair and exercising are a lot different from on Earth! Big fun is watching the giant screen with video of astronauts on the Space Station playing soccer, spinning in zero gravity and more!

Seriously, this is one fun and fascinating exhibition! The concepts are presented in such an approachable manner – I mean, really, who would have thought that peanut butter could be used to illustrate the effects of gravity and weight

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If you love the movies shown in the Perot Museum’s  The Hoglund Foundation Theater, continue your space adventure by watching Journey To Space 3D, running now to May 6, 2018.  Narrated by Patrick Stewart, the 20-minute film explains how space exploration didn’t die with the end of the Space Shuttle program. Rather, some of the most exciting missions of our time are ahead – from capturing asteroids to landing astronauts on Mars.

(I’m going to drop a plug here for Dream Big, which is currently running as well. I’ve seen it twice, and as I’ve mentioned previously, this film on Engineering moved me to tears. Who would think? It’s inspirational for any aspiring scientist or engineer. If you haven’t seen it, catch it before it’s gone.)

Journey to Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center and partner museums.

Presented by Highland Capital Management, Journey to Space will run Oct. 21, 2017-May 6, 2018. Member preview days are Oct. 19-20. The exhibition requires a surcharge for members and non-members. For more information on this fantastic exhibit or ticket information, go to perotmuseum.org

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