Giant Planets: Exploring the Outer Solar System

September 1st, 2004 - February 28th, 2009 | PROJECT

The Space Science Institute (SSI) will design, develop and travel a 3,500 square foot exhibition about the outer planets of the solar system and their satellites, whose presence contributes to making Earth habitable. Designed around the theme "Living With Giants," the exhibition will feature hands-on interactive visitor experiences that describe the Solar System, engage visitors in learning about planetary exploration, focus on the planetary science of Saturn and its moons and provide access to current information from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Special attention will be given to designing "Space for Kids," an exhibit area targeted specifically for young learners and their families and caregivers. SSI will collaborate with leading scientists and educators as well as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create education programs and a virtual exhibit website to extend the science learning of the exhibition.

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Team Members

Paul Dusenbery, Principal Investigator, Space Science Institute
James Harold, Co-Principal Investigator, Space Science Institute
Cherilynn Morrow, Former Co-Principal Investigator, Space Science Institute


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0407414
Funding Amount: 1947329


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers
Discipline: Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits