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Neighborhood Earth landed in Shanghai. An interactive, immersive experience of travelling through the solar system
The featured exhibition Neighborhood Earth has come to Shanghai! It is the debut in China of the exhibition during its world wide tour after the premiere in US Space & Rocket Center in February this year. The opening date is scheduled on Sep.30.
Dedicated to exploration on the galactic scale of our solar system, Neighborhood Earth is developed in partnership with US Space & Rocket Center and the Official Visitor’s Center for NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, designed and produced by Chronica Creative.
The exhibition gives the visitor the opportunity to zoom through the solar system with a 360-degree cinematic experience along with the spacecraft and robotics that explore our celestial neighbourhood, and further our knowledge of the worlds around us.
Highlight: The immersive travel experience of the solar system!
Standing on the surface of other planets. Watching the sunset while you are standing in Gale Crater on Mars. Surrounded by a lightning storm on Venus. The epic climax and culmination of Neighborhood Earth is the immersive theatric experience that places you right alongside Cassini, New Horizons, and the other plucky spacecraft on a journey to visit the other planets in our solar system.
There are screens literally above, below, and all around you. In the very middle sits a half globe 8.5 feet tall with images of the different planets projected on it.
These astonishing images come from NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, constructing a 30-minute film that gives the visitor a 360-degree look at the solar system. Besides, the accompanying sound effect and narrative voice-over provide an opportunity for a comprehensive understanding of our neighbor planets.
A real sized International Space Station
Before entering the cinematic experience, you will go through the real sized ISS Model with exactly every detail retained and explore the living environment of the spaceman through the all-touchable devices.
Nine hologram kiosks of each robot and planet
The kiosks are hands-on, educational stations that include touch panels that correspond with the hologram on the screen at the top of each kiosk, breaking down details of each planet and the robotic animal that toured that planet. The Pluto will appear here though it has been demoted to a dwarf planet. It is a fun feature for the kids.
Other unmissable features:
• Space Suits
Zoom forward to the display of the NASA Z-2 space suit, a prototype currently in development and the A7LB spacesuit for Project Apollo.
• The hands-on activities
- Get your hands in there with all 3-D printed models to build a Mars colony of your own design.
- Assemble and test your rocket design.
- Help the Orion capsule with re-entry.
- Weighted bags to simulate the weight of gravity on each planet, check how your strength measures up on other planets.
- Perfect your moonwalk for your first lunar EVA or make sure your Mercurian Mambo is on point.
- Play with Xbox to make your movements correspond with the astronaut on the surface of the different planets on a projection screen.
- Don't forget to take a photo with your face inside cut-out of the Z-2 suit!
• Artifacts of 14 space probes include the CURIOSITY, CASSINI, JUNO, HORIZON, MESSENGER，VOYAGER 2，HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE and so on.
The exhibition comes with the education guide from US Space & Rocket Center education department for the exhibit to be aligned to K-12 Next Generation Science Standards.
The education guide will be presented in 3 ways in Shanghai, by daily guided tours, by audio guide system of scanning QR code, by guidebooks separately designed for adults and kids. All that prepared for the educators and teachers looking for a great out-of-the-classroom experience.
“I want them to think about the exploration of the planets and what it would take for them to be there. What would take them off our world and to other locations? It’s always good to expand the scope of children’s minds and open them up to ways of thinking about their home, their city and to the galaxy. That kind of early learning and what we are doing at the Rocket Center is so important to spark that interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). If you get in there with a 2-, 3-, 4-year-old or a 14-year-old and they find it fascinating, you’re on your way to creating a future engineer or scientist.” said Rebecca Hitt, the Rocket Center’s Museum Education Assistant Manager.
The Neighborhood Earth China Tour is authorized by US Space & Rocket Center and the Official Visitor’s Center for NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, organized by Long for SHANGHAI HONG QIAO PARADISE WALK, LINKA EXHIBITS, co-sponsored by ROBAM, supported by the official partner OMEGA.