Tampa, Fla., (Sept. 21, 2015) – Join MOSI for the 2015 World Space Week from Oct. 2 – 11, 2015. Guests can interact with a variety of space-related events and activities. Enjoy five planetarium shows daily in the Saunders Planetarium and Journey to Space in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre. Travel to the moon on a space transport to help operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, design and test rockets in Idea Zone®, and enjoy MOSI’s S.T.E.A.M.punks as they blast off into space-themed shows. All of these events are free with MOSI general admission and always free for members.
In celebration of World Space Week, MOSI will host two special NASA speakers. On Oct. 5, Dr. Philip Metzger will speak to guests at noon and 1 p.m. Dr. Metzger is a planetary physicist who researches topics related to solar system exploration. He has led projects to develop extraterrestrial excavators, lunar landing pads and other surface systems technology. Dr. Metzger received the astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2010 and was selected as the Kennedy Space Center’s NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year in 2011. On Oct. 6, guests can meet Richard Johanboeke at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Johanboeke, a USF graduate, has directly supported the launch effort of the Mars Science Laboratory “Curiosity” and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Guests will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions after each presentation as well as learn about NASA projects such as robotic off-world mining, telescopes and the future of NASA.
In addition to a line of speakers, MOSI guests can design and test rockets in Idea Zone, where they can explore the process of applying engineering design to create and launch rocket prototypes, learn about the challenges of Mars exploration and experiment with solutions for extraterrestrial colonization. Guests can also learn real accounts of space disasters from the Apollo missions, and experience 3D printing technology’s ability to help colonize planets by building tools, making food and constructing colonies. Guests will then be able to complete a Mission: MOSI scavenger hunt that will take them on a tour of the museum’s space-related exhibits and presentations, which will include a tour of Mission: Moonbase, a photo op with a MOSI astronaut, daily space talks, Idea Zone programs, the Saunders Planetarium and the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre.
World Space Week activities are included with MOSI general admission. MOSI general admission is $18.95 for children (3-12), $22.95 for adults (13-59) and $20.95 for seniors (60+). Children 2 and under are free. Museum hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 813-987-6000 or visit mosi.org.
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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and is home to the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, the only IMAX dome theater in the state of Florida. MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free or discounted memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually and approximately 600 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums and a recipient of the NOYCE Foundation’s Bright Lights Community Engagement Award. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.