New Exhibit


On display starting June 1st

From hot deserts, to freezing glaciers, to deep oceans, and distant planets, scientists must overcome many challenges to explore these extreme environments.

Sending humans into these areas requires intense preparation and planning so they can survive. Researchers are constantly creating new technologies so we can explore new places and make new discoveries.



Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station

The Scott Carpenter Station was built by NASA as a research and demonstration vehicle, providing an under sea analog for the isolated environment of space. Mission One launched in September 1997 off the coast of Key Largo, Fla., and included a science mission linked to schools and classrooms, managed remotely from the Johnson Space Center, with NASA astronaut Dr. Bob Phillips among the crew testing life support systems and plant growth experiments. Mission Two was the NASA Challenge Mission, “flown” concurrently with space shuttle mission STS-95 (Senator John Glenn’s return to flight). Filmmaker James Cameron and producer Eugene Roddenberry, II, were among the crew members during this 36-day mission.

What to expect:


Create new environments in an interactive sandbox


Drive underwater with the underwater drone lab

Test a design in a wind tunnel


Care for plants in a hydroponic garden

Test a design in a wind tunnel