Things designed and built for space exploration have come a long way from Sputnik and dehydrated orange drink. From spacesuits to rovers, come get some insight into what goes into creating the objects needed for cosmic travel. You’ll also want to sample the goods at Pairings: Dehydration, inspired by NASA’s efforts to make food and drink for zero-gravity environments.
Pairings: Dehydrated Foods With Loretta Keller and Clay Reynolds
7:00 p.m. | Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
Just add water: dehydrated foods are key to keeping people fed in space, on the trail, and anywhere else where weight and long-term freshness count. Discover and experience the flavors, technologies, and potential of dehydrated foods with Exploratorium scientific and culinary staff and don’t forget to sample some for yourself.
Photographing Apollo With Michael Light
7:30 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
See the Apollo missions unfold through images the astronauts themselves made in space. Photographer Michael Light shares the story of the research and restoration of some of the 33,000 Apollo images he compiled into a book, Full Moon (1999). The publication offers a single composite journey to the Moon and back, comprised of imagery from the nine Apollo missions, along with Earth orbital imagery from the Gemini missions showing the moon as both a sublime desert and an embattled point of first human contact.
Mars Rovers With Ron Hipschman
8:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Humans haven’t yet made it to Mars, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending robot we call them rovers to explore. So, why rovers? What are they doing up there? Come learn about the history of the exploration of Mars and the rovers doing the work on the ground.
Space Inspirations With Mary Roach and Adam Savage
9:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, near Museum of The Moon
Between Adam Savage’s personal collection of spacesuits and Mary Roach’s book Packing For Mars, the curiosity and excitement that these two share for space is contagious. Join them in conversation as they explore what makes the final frontier so exciting.
Lost and Found Space Movies With Cinema Arts
6:00-7:30 and 8:30-10:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3, Wattis Webcast Studio
Around the time of the launch of Sputnik, excitement around the space race compelled amateur filmmakers to craft their own celestial and science fiction stories made with more love than production values. These charming shorts capture the thrill and wonder of the flight of our collective imaginations in space, and they’ve recently been discovered and preserved. Come enjoy the spirit of these movies made by non-professional filmmakers.
Museum of The Moon By Luke Jerram
6:00-10:00 p.m. | Bechtel Gallery 3
Wonder at the majesty of the moon brought down to Earth: suspended in our own Bechtel Gallery 3, Museum of the Moon is a 16-foot photorealistic sculpture of the moon featuring high-resolution NASA imagery that shows every cliff and crater. Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon encourages surprising, intimate connections with the astronomical world and with fellow visitors.
Contact:Website: Click to Visit
Cost:17.95 advance, 19.95 door, AD members free
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