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Beyond Spaceship Earth

This immersive exhibit tells the dynamic story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury program, which sent the first Americans into space, to the International Space Station (ISS). In Beyond Spaceship Earth, families can see astronaut artifacts, learn space-travel history and immerse themselves in the life of an astronaut. Each segment of the exhibit has something extraordinary to offer!

International Space Station exhibit

  • Discover how astronauts perform scientific experiments in space
  • View real video of an astronaut’s day-to-day life in space
  • Try on space gear, and try out interactive space-task activities

Indiana Astronaut Wall of Fame

  • Learn about the Hoosiers who’ve made astronomical impact
  • View space artifacts and images courtesy of Purdue University Archives
  • Explore the database of Indiana astronauts

Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater

Apollo Mission Control Panel.Nearly 400,000 people worked on the Apollo mission to put a personon the moon. This historic accomplishment required a massive amount of teamwork.

That feat is spotlighted in the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater in CAPCOM Go! The Apollo Story, a film that shows the incredible effort necessary to take "one giant leap for mankind."

Accompanying the show is a piece of space history—a real Apollo-era console from Mission Control.

Located on the Lower Level.

Advance tickets encouraged!

Beyond Spaceship Earth is included with museum general admission and membership. Save up to 25% when you buy at least two weeks in advance. For unlimited visits, become a member today!

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Beyond Spaceship Earth is made possible by lead gifts from Lilly Endowment Inc., Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Patricia Schaefer, The Heritage Group, and a NASA grant, with major support provided by R.B. Annis Educational Foundation, Church Brothers Collision Repair, The Dorsey Foundation, and Susan and Steve Haines.

The material contained in Beyond Spaceship Earth: International Space Station is based upon work supported by NASA under award Number NNX14AD06A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Object loans from Purdue University Libraries, Karnes Archives and Special Collections, West Lafayette, Indiana.

Courtesy of The Azarian Collection, Owner

We would like to help you prepare ahead of time for some of the sights and sounds you will experience at The Children's Museum. Here's what you can expect in this exhibit.

Beyond Spaceship Earth

Contains loud noises Contains bright light Contains a movement opportunityContains tactile opportunity
Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater
Contains loud noises Contains low light Contains flashing lights/simulated lightning

You can find more information and tools on our Sensory Resources page.