Blast Off to Space Exploration

New exhibit opens Saturday at OMSI

6/14/2016, 2:35 p.m.
The new exhibit at OMSI takes guests on a trip through space.
In the new exhibit "Journey to Space," guests step inside a full-size replica of the International Space Station's Destiny Lab as it rotates around them, giving a hint at what astronauts experience in space.

Beginning Saturday, June 18, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will take guests through an out-of-this-world experience with Journey to Space: The Exhibition.

The 10,000 square-foot exhibit features hands-on experiences that will give visitors an up-close look at what it takes to live, work, and survive in the extraordinary environment of space. They'll learn about the vacuum of space, radiation, meteoroids, and temperature extremes, to better understand the extreme conditions faced by astronauts and their equipment.

After exploring the sights, sounds, and smells on board an orbiting space station like the International Space Station, 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, they'll learn how astronauts eat, sleep, and even go to the bathroom in space. They'll learn firsthand the challenges of working in space -- from operating a robotic arm to managing the limited power supply available to keep life support systems running to 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, the primary research facility for U.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.

The Exhibition runs through Jan. 8. To learn more visit omsi.edu.