2017-10-12 / Arts & Entertainment News

Science Center exhibit journeys to space


Kids can participate in interactive exhibits. 
SCITECH DISCOVERY CENTRE, WESTERN PERTH AUSTRALIA Kids can participate in interactive exhibits. SCITECH DISCOVERY CENTRE, WESTERN PERTH AUSTRALIA They say that in space, nobody can hear you scream.

And that’s a pity.

Because the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium says its “Astronaut” exhibition is out of this world.

The show, which runs Oct. 14-April 15, offers 26 hands-on, interactive exhibits that relay the physical and psychological effects of living in micro-gravity and the technology required to complete space missions.

The experience surrounds guests with life-sized living quarters necessary to survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to sleep, eat, shower and use a toilet in space will get their questions answered at this exhibit.

The show also offers a lesson in the importance of science in space and the future of space exploration.

“This exhibit really makes you feel like you’re in the International Space Station, and it’s incredible,” Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center, said in a statement. “You don’t have to be a space junkie to have fun, and there’s something for everyone, old and young. We are thrilled to be able to open every mind to science and host ‘Astronaut’ for an extraterrestrial experience for families.”

The exhibit’s “Training Zone” features some of the challenges involved in becoming an astronaut. Visitors may try their hand at assembling nuts and bolts while wearing a space suit, complete a successful mission and try to overcome G-forces.

A “Rocket Launch” area stimulates blast-off, allowing guests to climb into a rocket and countdown while sitting on a huge chair. This area also shows visitors what it is like to sleep in space as well as how to grow foods in zero-gravity conditions.

A live feed will show astronauts on board the International Space Station during their daily routines.

The exhibit is fresh off a successful stop in Houston, and West Palm Beach is the third location for this exhibit’s orbit around North America. “Astronaut” is produced by Imagine Exhibitions and designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Australia.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is at 4801 Dreher Trail N. in West Palm Beach and is open Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission during Astronaut is $16.95 for adults, $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12 and $14.95 for seniors aged 60 and older. Science Center members and children under 3 are free. Planetarium shows and mini golf are not included in general admission pricing. ¦

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