An exhibition about what it’s like as a space explorer: Astronaut is set to open on Feb 6 at the Arizona Science Center.
The Astronaut exhibition runs from Feb. 6 - May 31, with a whole space lab of science fun including the interactive and hands-on exhibition, which explores the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration.
Visitors can experience what life is like outside of Earth and its atmosphere, according to a press release, describing interactive exhibits involving g-force, conduct maintenance on a space station, growing space food, and learning the realities of showering, sleeping, and using the toilet in space.
“Astronaut is a really unique exhibition because it reveals all the stages of becoming a space explorer. From training to blasting off and living in space, Astronaut investigates the day-to-day activities alongside the unique science conducted in space, exposing a reality not often shown,” said Dean Briere, The Hazel A. Hare interim CEO of Arizona Science Center, in a prepared statement.
The exhibition also focuses on teamwork to solve problems, accurately perform tasks, and overcome challenges that an astronaut would face on a real mission to the cosmos, the release said.
Visitors will have an opportunity to test their grip strength in special gloves that mimic a pressurized spacesuit or they can work together to launch a space mission smoothly, noted the release.
Built-in the Scitech workshop in Perth, Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, Astronaut is for all ages. Astronaut allows visitors to imagine life as a cosmic explorer along with “the incredible ways that humans survive in outer space,” added the release.
The exhibit is open daily to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for a limited engagement through May 31.
Tickets are available to purchase at Arizona Science Center and azscience.org.