Indianapolis residents get a chance to see a genuine moon rock at close hand August 25th and 26th. The moon rock is part of a NASA traveling exhibit that will be at the Indy Air Show, dispatched from its home port at Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center.
THE MOON ROOM
Journey to Tomorrow is a 53-foot trailer includes the Moon Room, a darkened section of the trailer near the exit with a few wall plaques and the lighted centerpiece…a piece of the moon rock sunken in a pyramid of clear Lucite.
“In 1972, that rock was collected by astronaut Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 mission,” said David DeFelice, Community Relations Team Lead, who is in charge of the exhibit. “Its a piece of history that a lot of people don’t get to see. There’s 28-hundred pounds or so collected over those missions.
“We’re excited to head back to the moon and collect some more and continue our exploration of the moon and work our way out to Mars.”
But before getting to the Moon Room, there’s more for the visitor to experience including hands-on activities and digital learning stations.
Journey to Tomorrow welcomes the visitor with one of a variety of brief introductory videos giving way to eight computer kiosks that provide a variety of NASA-developed programming.
“We have Brain Bites which are some of the most popular questions we get such as ‘how do you go to the bathroom in space?’ “said DeFelice. “We also have a little kiosk with a joystick and a throttle where you can try to land our lunar lander on the moon.”
“We have a scale where people can find out how much they weigh on the moon and each of the planets,” said DeFelice. There is also a glove box where you can insert your hands into the gloves to manipulate items beyond the window barrier, a planetary gravity demonstrator, and more.
During NASA missions, Journey to Tomorrow is equipped to show space shuttle and space station operations on a live feed from NASA TV.
They’ll even be set up to take and give you a free photo of yourself in a spacesuit, either prior to entering the mobile exhibit or as you exit.
The exhibit is staffed by NASA employees like DeFelice, who says the trailer is one of two on tour. His exhibit tours air shows in the eastern US, the other is out West. “We’re on the road almost every weekend throughout the summer during the air show season either at an air show or a festival, those types of events.”
“When we get out of the festival outdoor season we’re not quite as busy, but we have smaller traveling exhibits that we can offer to schools and museum. We also have a speakers bureau, as well.”
You don’t want to miss your chance to see NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow.
Admission is free. Journey to Tomorrow is wheelchair accessible.
The 11th Annual indianapolis Air Show Aug 25th and 26th is being held at the Mt Comfort Airport. Also featured will be the US Navy Blue Angels, a B-2 Stealth bomber fly-by, vintage warbirds like the B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang, aerobatics performers, antique and classic car show, seminars, and much more.