A guest looks at the food options offered in space

Jump into your space suit and report for training, because the newest addition to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has landed and it’s out of this world! The Astronaut exhibition has touched down, bringing with it a whole space lab full of science fun, on display October 14, 2017 until April 15, 2018.

Astronaut boasts 26 hands-on, interactive exhibits which relay the physical and psychological effects of living in microgravity and the technology required to complete space missions.

The immersive experience surrounds guests with life-sized living quarters necessary to survive outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space will get their questions answered at this blockbuster exhibit. Visitors will also experience the importance of science in space and the future of space exploration.

“This exhibit really makes you feel like you’re in the International Space Station, and it’s incredible,” said Lew Crampton, President and CEO of the Science Center. “You don’t have to be a space junkie to have fun, and there’s something for everyone, old and young. We are thrilled to be able to open every mind to science and host Astronaut for an extra-terrestrial experience for families.”

The exhibit’s “Training Zone” features some of the challenges involved in becoming an astronaut. Visitors may try their hand at assembling nuts and bolts while wearing a space suit, complete a successful mission and even try to overcome G-forces.

A “Rocket Launch” area stimulates blast-off, allowing guests to climb into a rocket and countdown while sitting on a huge chair. This area also shows visitors what it is like to sleep in space as well as how to grow foods in zero gravity conditions.

A live feed will show astronauts on board the International Space Station during their daily routines. This is just one feature in the “Space Lab” portion of the exhibit.

“The Science Center has cultivated partnerships with local, retired astronauts, and we are thrilled to team up with them to add their personal journeys to the exhibit,” Crampton said. “They are excited to serve as guest lecturers throughout the display and share their unique knowledge and experiences with guests.”

The exhibit is fresh off a successful stop in Houston, Texas, and West Palm Beach is just the third location for this exhibit’s orbit around North America. Astronaut is produced by Imagine Exhibitions and designed and produced by Scitech of Perth, Australia.


“Astronaut,” a Blockbuster Space Exhibit to Launch at the Science Center from October 14, 2017 until April 15, 2018. See what it’s like to live in space.