Future Space: Engaging the Public After Shuttle

July 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2013 | PROJECT

Future Space is an educational but fun pair of planetarium programs, targeted at middle school students and then general public, to show that NASA is still in the space business! The lead institution is the Louisiana Art and Science Museum with lead production at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and science and program review through Rice University. The program has produced one excellent planetarium show "We Choose Space!" which covers the history of the space program including building the International Space Station (ISS), and actual images from our fisheye lens inside the ISS. It has been licensed to over a dozen theaters around the world and is also available for free viewing through YouTube, with a free downloadable Educator Guide. It has been translated into Spanish, Hindi, and Teluga and is being translated into Turkish. A second show "The Gravity Factor", which discusses how humans might in the future visit and exploit the planets, is being completed now. It uses surface gravity as a common theme. A dome cover was created to represent the ISS Cupola from the outside.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

We Choose Space: Planetarium Show
We Choose Space: Educator Guide
Discovery Dome Loaner Program
Portable planetarium for the HMNS George Observatory

Team Members

Carol Gikas, Principal Investigator, Louisiana Art & Science Museum
John Elvert, Co-Principal Investigator, Louisiana Art & Science Museum


Funding Source: NASA
Award Number: NNX10AK12G
Funding Amount: 904159


Access and Inclusion: English Language Learners
Audience: General Public | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: History | policy | law | Physics | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Planetarium and Science on a Sphere