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Blast Off With EP’s New Astronaut Exhibit
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Blast Off With Exploration Place’s New Astronaut Exhibit

September 27, 2021

Special Media Preview: 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 30

WICHITA, Kansas — Jump into your space suit and report for training because the newest addition to Exploration Place has landed, and it’s out of this world! The Astronaut exhibit brings with it a whole space lab full of science fun. It opens Oct. 1 and runs through Jan. 2 and is included with regular admission.

This interactive and hands-on exhibition explores the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration and gives visitors a taste of what life is like outside Earth and its atmosphere.

Visitors will learn what it takes to be a space explorer through 26 exhibit components, including:

  • What it’s like to sleep, eat, shower and use the toilet in space
  • The teamwork needed to solve problems and accurately perform tasks
  • How to overcome challenges such as communicating with mission control, monitoring damage to your spacecraft and landing a capsule.

Exploration Place is also launching an exclusive new live science show in conjunction with Astronaut. Orbit Academy is performed three times a day: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Exploration Place’s performers bring science concepts to life in a way that is both educational and fun. The Orbit Academy live science show is included with the All Access Pass and is free for visitors; otherwise, admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for youth.

Astronaut is presented by Textron Aviation, with additional support from the Cosmosphere and NASA in Kansas. Astronaut is an international touring exhibit created by Scitech in Perth, Australia.


Laura Roddy, Director of Marketing and Development


About Exploration Place

The mission of Exploration Place, Kansas’ premier science center, is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. Exploration Place is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. Thursdays.