Welcome to your astronaut training! In Destination Space, you will learn to work and live in space and investigate the challenges of exploring the universe. Launch into outer space to see why planets move the way they do. Examine the progression of space exploration from Sputnik to the Apollo missions.
Blast off on an actual mission in the Mercury Simulator. Go inside the world of an astronaut and test your abilities. Do you have the right stuff?
Destination Space has a unique collection of artifacts used in the various phases of NASA’s space program, including Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacesuits. Eight astronauts with Oklahoma ties have served on crews for significant space missions, not to mention the numerous engineers and scientists. Oklahoma is a state of pioneers! It is the only state that can claim astronaut participation in every phase of the space program.
Discover the laws that rule outer space. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, Newton’s Laws of Motion and Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion have allowed the United States and other countries to explore the final frontier: space. Some of the most brilliant minds in the world have used physics, physical science, chemistry and aerodynamics to launch rockets, allow humans to safely travel in space and explain why we can walk on the Earth without floating away, but not the moon.
Over the last 50+ years, the technological advances of space exploration and science have been nothing short of life-changing. From Sputnik and Explorer 1 to modern satellites, this technology is the reason you can talk to your friends on a cell phone, use the GPS in your car, watch hundreds of television channels, and see your house on Google Maps. With each new wave of technology, the world as we know becomes a little less distant.
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” – President John F. Kennedy. It was with those words that the United States took the space race to a whole new level. Even though space exploration programs, including the formation of NASA, began under the Eisenhower administration, President Kennedy’s words challenged and inspired a nation. A challenge the American people took seriously. In the 1950s, the United States began a massive campaign to revamp the educational system in an effort to regain the technological upper hand from the USSR. In answer to the USSR’s Sputnik, the first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer 1, was launched in 1958. By July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins landed on the moon. The rest, as they say, is history.