On display until November 18th

Take on the role of an Aquanaut, Biologist, or Communications Officer in this interactive, hands-on exhibit!

Mission to Europa is a role-playing exhibit based on a hypothetical manned mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa in search of signs of life outside of our planet. Design new habitats, learn to identify the basic building blocks of life, and drive an underwater drone in the Battelle Underwater Drone Laboratory.


Sponsors Include:

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This exhibit includes the following featured artifact:

Scott Carpenter Station

Application: Ocean Floor Analog to the Space Environment
Designer/Program Manager: Dennis Chamberland
Systems Engineer: Joseph M. Bishop
Weight/Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Crew: 2
Manufacturer: Precision Fabricating, Inc.
Model Scale: Actual Size

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.

Ownership transferred from NASA to the Space Foundation in 2013.

What you can expect:


An Underwater Space Odyssey

Journey through the groundbreaking Scott Carpenter Station, NASA's underwater analogue for space.


Linking Space and Classroom

Relive Mission One, where space exploration and education intertwined.


Stars of Space and Screen

Dive into Mission Two, the NASA Challenge Mission, conducted alongside Senator John Glenn's return to space.

Visitors enjoy Scott Carpenter exhibit

Mission to Europa exhibit activity