Since the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space, a new, bilingual (Spanish and English), highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, allowed visitors to see the world from a satellite’s perspective. They tracked a hurricane from space, sent a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, studied incredible images of our planet captured by NASA’s Earth Observing System and more.
A View from Space included numerous hands-on activity sections such as the Satellite Activity Area. This area encourages families to learn about space and satellites together through creative, open-ended play and exploration. The area features a drawing station with satellite stencils, a free-play activity table with space-themed toys, and a reading area.
Other hands-on areas included Satellite Orbit, where with the turn of crank visitors sent a satellite spinning around a rotating model Earth while an ultraviolet light from the satellite leaves a phosphorescent trail, painting a clear picture of the satellite’s path. These were just some of the many areas visitors enjoyed in this educational and inspiring exhibit as they learned more about those mysterious “eyes in the skies.”
Highlighting the Lower Cape Fear and surrounding areas, large-scale photographs illustrated hurricane impacts and changes over time line the gallery walls.
A View From Space was created and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon. The exhibit was made possible with funds provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Sponsored locally by Landfall Foundation, International Paper and Corning, Inc.