Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration is on display at the Ontario Science Centre until January 1, 2013.
Ontario Science Centre Hosts New Exhibition That Takes Visitors on an
TORONTO, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - An elevator to transport people to the moon, an inflatable habitat for
living in space, a sleek new spacesuit for a stroll on Mars: These are
some of the fascinating exhibits in Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration. This new exhibition, at the Ontario Science Centre from October 3,
2012, through January 1, 2013, offers a thought-provoking vision of the
future of space exploration as it boldly explores our next steps in our
solar system and beyond. Visitors will follow humanity's journey to
explore the next frontier, from Sputnik 1 in the 1950s to a robotic
submersible that could search for life on Jupiter's moon Europa in the
future. Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration is locally presented by UrtheCast.
"Since 1969 when the Ontario Science Centre opened, weeks after Neil
Armstrong first walked on the moon, and when, a few years later people
lined up by the thousands to view our moon rocks, public interest in
programs, films and exhibitions related to space has been very strong; Beyond Planet Earth will be a must-see for anyone wanting to learn more about exploring the
universe. The historic review will remind people of the excitement of
the early Gemini and Apollo missions while future focused elements will
stimulate us to consider the future potential of space exploration,"
said Lesley Lewis, CEO, Ontario Science Centre. "As the Mars Rover
Curiosity takes photos and analyzes samples of the red planet millions
of kilometers away, reporting in daily to its Facebook friends, our
visitors will see a life-sized model of Curiosity and walk through a
representation of the landscape it is exploring."
The exhibition features an interactive electronic touch table game lets
participants transform Mars by changing the atmosphere and surface
conditions to create a habitable planet, or destroy it. Other displays
allow visitors to "sniff the moon" or step inside a space suit
prototype for a photo-op.
"After seeing this exhibition, some of our younger visitors may dream
about whether they'll be able to travel into space in their lifetimes,"
said Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Vice-President, Science Experience and
Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "Beyond Planet Earth may also spark an interest in aerospace engineering, astrophysics and
other potential careers in space exploration."
The exhibition is on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in
New York. It includes original artifacts from previous space missions,
scale models of prototypes and even samples of astronaut food.
"While we can't predict what the spaceships carrying us and our robots
will look like, we do know where we're going, the challenges of getting
there, and the opportunities available when we arrive at destinations
as alien as anything out of Star Trek," said Michael Shara, Curator in the Department of Astrophysics at the
American Museum of Natural History and Curator of Beyond Planet Earth.
Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org) in collaboration with Madatech: The Israel National Museum of Science,
Technology & Space, Haifa, Israel.
Media Partner: Toronto Star.
Earth Video Camera Inc. (operating as 'UrtheCast') is a company created
around a unique vision: to provide the world's first near-live HD video
feed of Earth, from space. Working with renowned aerospace partners
from across the globe, UrtheCast is building, launching, installing,
and operating two cameras on the Russian segment of the International
Space Station. Video data collected by the cameras will be downlinked
to ground stations across the planet and displayed in near-realtime on
the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive
partners and customers. UrtheCast will provide this interactive
platform and Earth imagery for internet users, app developers,
educators, media outlets, government bodies, humanitarian relief
organizations, and environmental monitoring services.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the
communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding
through engagement with science of local, national and global
relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 45
million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for
Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for
innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology,
aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action
to create a better future for the planet. The Ontario Science Centre is
an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at Ontariosciencecentre.ca. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre. Twitter: @OntScienceCtr.
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Image with caption: "Teacher Grace Lauretti-Martin with students Vedika Arekar and Selina Liao from Toronto's Forest Manor Public School imagine they're exploring Mars in the new exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, on at the Ontario Science Centre until January 1, 2013. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121002_C3485_PHOTO_EN_18782.jpg
Image with caption: "Students Hasan Nuraliev, Vedika Arekar and Selina Liao from Toronto's Forest Manor Public School check out the history of space exploration in the new exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, on at the Ontario Science Centre until January 1, 2013. (CNW Group/Ontario Science Centre)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121002_C3485_PHOTO_EN_18781.jpg
SOURCE: Ontario Science Centre
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