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Beyond Spaceship Earth

Beyond Spaceship Earth
COVID-19 Safety Exhibit Updates:
To facilitate social distancing, entry to Beyond Spaceship Earth is one-way only, through the International Space Station component toward the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater. Many low-touch interactive elements within Beyond Spaceship Earth are open. Touchable elements are sanitized by staff frequently, and sanitizing wipes are provided for your use. The following high-touch elements are closed or have been removed for your health and safety:
  • The Fix the Electronics and Space Sleeping Bag interactives are closed.
  • The Lifting Weights in Space interactive has been removed.
  • The Spacewalk costumes have been removed.
  • The Cover Hot and Cold Spots and Adjust Bolts on the Truss interactives have been removed.
  • The Sit in a Soyuz element is closed.
  • The capacity of Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater has been reduced to enable social distancing between household groups. Staff members will seat families/groups. 

All Children's Museum exhibits will have capacity limits. Museum staff will monitor occupancy and if capacity is reached, staff will admit visitors to the exhibit when others leave.

Beyond Spaceship Earth will be closed for cleaning at various points during the day. Please consult signage throughout the museum to help you plan your visit.

Face coverings are required for everyone ages 2 and over. They must completely cover your nose and mouth.

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

The Future is Here—How Sci Fi Becomes Reality 
in the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater

Now Open!

See the actual escape pod movie prop used in the 2016 film Star Trek: Beyond. Discover how the Star Trek communicator of the 1960s ended up as the inspiration for the cell phones of today! This multimedia experience shows how popular science fiction has inspired and shaped scientific and technological advancements. Featured in the Schaefer Planetarium and Space Object Theater, The Future is Here—How Sci-fi Becomes Reality showcases artifacts from a variety of popular sci-fi films and shows how science fiction enthusiasts or fans of today become the futuristic designers of tomorrow! 

The original Sulu himself, George Takei, provides the voice of the multimedia experience The Future is Here—How Sci-fi Becomes Reality, filmed exclusively for The Children's Museum!

Click here for showtimes. Entry is included with museum admission. Assistive listening devices are available—please ask a theater staff member for assistance.


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 www.azariancollection.com

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