Journey To Space

October 1st, 2010 - September 30th, 2014 | PROJECT

Journey to Space will be a large-scale traveling exhibition that simulates a journey to the International Space Station (ISS), allows visitors to explore the physical properties of low gravity environments, and introduces some of the engineering and technology that makes it possible to live and work in space. A collaborative project led by the Science Museum of Minnesota joined by the California Science Center and the three other members of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative, the exhibition will encourage museum visitors 1) to immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and smells that astronauts experience traveling to, and living in, space; 2) to engage as problem solvers with some of the unique engineering challenges that must be solved to support living and working in space; and 3) to experience life aboard the International Space Station interpreted through the voices of engineers, scientists, and astronauts. In addition to the exhibition, the project will include a public website and a two-year youth program for underserved teens that will result in a three-day Celebration of Space Exploration Chautauqua aimed especially at underserved families in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The exhibition will tour to twelve major science museums across North America and reach upwards of three and a quarter million families, adults, teachers, and students over six years.

Project Website(s)

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Project Products

Journey to Space Summative Evaluation Report

Team Members

Eric Jolly, Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Paul Martin, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
J. Shipley Newlin, Co-Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota


Funding Source: NASA
Award Number: NNX10AK10G
Funding Amount: 1248959


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals | Scientists | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Engineering | Space science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Exhibitions | Games | Simulations | Interactives | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Exhibits | Public Events and Festivals | Public Programs