Space Center Houston

The Official Visitors Center of NASA's Johnson Space Center

Facing Mars


If You Could Travel to Mars, Would You Go?

HOUSTON, May 20, 2014 – The challenges of a human mission to Mars are as big as any humans have faced. We know that we can get there, but will we be able to survive? How will we solve the many challenges? What will happen when we push our bodies and minds far beyond any place we have been before?


Starting this Saturday, May 24, visitors will be asked these simple questions at Space Center Houston’s new exhibit “Facing Mars.” Focusing on the real-life obstacles of sending humans to Mars, this groundbreaking exhibition, developed and designed by the Ontario Science Centre, shows visitors how the challenges of a Mars mission aren’t limited to technology or money. It asks questions associated with traveling to Mars for which there currently are no known answers. It also engages participants in the physical, psychological and scientific challenges that come with interplanetary travel.


“From the start, our team of scientists and designers set out to create an exhibit focused not solely on what we know, but on what we don’t know – yet.” says Dr. Devon Hamilton, senior scientist and exhibit developer, Ontario Science Centre. “We are showcasing problems with no set solutions, because to get to Mars we have to develop entirely new ways of thinking.”



Did you know?

Space Center Houston features the actual spacesuit worn on the moon by Apollo 12 Mission Commander, Pete Conrad. It is the only moonwalk suit displayed outside the Smithsonian.


Space Center Houston is located at:
1601 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
approximately 25 miles South of downtown Houston in the NASA/Clear Lake area.

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