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Blast off to a summer of space exploration at OMSI

Exhibition focuses on challenges of living in space

SUBMITTED PHOTO - OMSI has opened a new exhibit titled, Journey to Space: The Exhibition. The exhibit illustrates what it is like to live on the International Space Station.

This summer, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is taking guests through an out-of-this-world experience with the exciting new exhibit, Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit, which is open now, features hands-on, immersive experiences that will offer visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work and survive in the extraordinary environment of space. Attendees will learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids and temperature extremes, in order to better understand the extreme conditions astronauts endure.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station such as the International Space Station (ISS), guests can try their hands at some of the feats of engineering that support astronauts who live in space. Through games, multimedia components and interactive exhibits, participants will learn how astronauts eat, sleep and even use the bathroom in space.

Guests also will discover the challenges of working in space, which include: operating a robotic arm, managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running and discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.

The exhibit finale includes a full-scale, climb-aboard mock-up of the Destiny Lab, which is the primary research facility for the nation’s payloads on the ISS. With its rotating mechanism, the Destiny Lab will give museum visitors the realistic sensation that they’re floating as they get a virtual tour of the lab from astronauts who have worked there.

To complement Journey to Space, OMSI has organized a series of new programs and demonstrations available to guests throughout the run of the exhibit.

On weekends, visitors can explore how space ties together different branches of science through hands-on labs in chemistry, biology, physics and geology. Inside the exhibit OMSI has hands-on demos that explore everything from space suit fabric to Shuttle tiles, rocket launches to gyroscopes. Plus, this summer will feature Star Parties, new planetarium shows, special space-themed giveaways and film festivals for audiences of all ages.

Journey to Space: The Exhibition runs through January 8, 2017. To learn more, visit omsi.edu.