UNION CITY, TN – Nov. 19, 2019 – Discovery Park of America brings the exhibit, “Astronaut” to the museum opening Jan. 17, 2020 and displayed until May 3, 2020 in the ATA Traveling Exhibit Hall.
This popular exhibit allows guests to explore the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and to discover what life is like outside Earth’s atmosphere.
The exhibit features 26 stations that demonstrate how life is lived in space with zero gravity. Guests can test their grip strength in special gloves that mimic the pressurized spacesuit, or they can work together to smoothly launch their own space mission.
The education team at Discovery Park has space-related programs to offer school groups when they visit. Additionally, there is a School and Visitors Guide available online that covers key messages and learning opportunities that are included throughout the exhibit, as well as supplemental projects that can be done at home or in the classroom before or after a visit.
The most visible item on display, and the largest artifact in Discovery Park’s collection, is a fully-restored Titan I Missile that was donated to the park by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and was transported from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama in 2016.
Additionally, the Moon Dome is a 24-foot high geodesic dome, built of galvanized steel, and covered with a giant NASA image of the Moon printed on vinyl. Inside the Moon Dome are many artifacts that catalog the achievements of human space exploration, including artifacts from NASA’s Space Shuttle Program.
Tickets for “Astronaut” will be $6.95 in addition to the price of admission to Discovery Park. Special pricing of $4.95 is available for student groups.
For more information, visit www.discoveryparkofamerica.com.
About Discovery Park of America
The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and 50-acre heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included is a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring 9 interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world and a 50-acre heritage park. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation. For more information, visit DiscoveryParkofAmerica.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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