Inside Exploration Place’s new exhibit: “Astronaut: Do You Have What It Takes?” “
There are plenty of exhibits that show you what astronauts go through when they’re in space, but have you ever visited one that gives you a closer, hands-on look? This is the idea behind the new traveling exhibition entitled Astronaut: do you have what it takes?
The museum at 300 N. McLean Boulevard opens its new space-themed exhibit at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 1 and will remain open until January 2, 2022.
The beauty of The Astronaut exhibit is that it brings a new level of interactive and hands-on experiences that explore the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and give visitors a taste of life outside of Earth and its atmosphere.
I stopped to get a taste of what to expect. When they mean hands, they really mean it. There were 26 hands-on and bodily exhibits that covered what it really takes to become a space explorer. The end result for me was that my true calling was better to be a third-rate blogger than an astronaut traveling in space.
Many exhibits focused on teamwork to solve problems and try to complete tasks and overcome challenges that astronauts face.
Some of the exhibits even covered what it was like to sleep, eat, and shower in the space. To be honest, the thought of going to the bathroom had never crossed my mind until now. Imagine having to sit in a toilet like the one pictured below, making sure you maintain a weightless environment and position yourself correctly to ensure that all of your natural bodily fluids are sucked into the toilet and not stealing. There was even a urine funnel to help the astronauts pee too… things I never thought I’d blog about.
There was a cool little display that showed how astronauts got food in space and ate it.
A display showed how they slept upright, to be tied with Velcro.
Then they had real astronauts explaining how they bathed. The photo below shows how someone washes their hair.
Other interactive screens let you turn and experience levels of G-force while another gave you a feel for what it was like to sit in a rocket during take-off.
There was so much more that I didn’t even cover, but this should give you a basic idea of what to expect. It was truly one of the most interactive space exhibits I have seen. It would be great for people of all ages.
Admission to “Astronaut: Do you have what it takes?” is included in regular admission to Exploration Place, which is $ 11.50 for adults 12 to 64, $ 10 for people 65 and over, $ 8 for youth ages 3 to 11 years old and free for children 2 years old and under.
Exploration Place is located at 300 N McLean Blvd, which is on the west side of the Arkansas River in the Delano neighborhood of Wichita. To learn more about their new Astronaut exhibit, visit their Web page Where Facebook page.
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