Exploring the Moon, Mars and Beyond
Make the Universe Your Playground!
Space Quest invites you to celebrate the spirit of exploration through state-of-the-art, interactive exhibit components that highlight NASA Langley Research Center’s role in the past, present, and future of space exploration. Inspect a Mars rock, attempt a landing on the Moon with a lunar simulator, and train for a lunar mission, all without leaving the Space Quest Gallery.
Space Quest: Exploring the Moon, Mars and Beyond is presented by Langley Federal Credit Union.
Mars and the Moon
Curious about how we have learned so much about Mars? Here is your “Opportunity” to check out models of spacecraft that NASA sent to Mars as part of the Mars Exploration Program – the Viking Orbiter, Viking Lander, and Opportunity Rover. Managed by NASA Langley Research Center, the Viking Project’s objective was to investigate Mars. The Orbiter was designed to work in conjunction with the Viking Lander, relaying information to Earth. You can learn more about the Viking Mars program as well as other Mars missions with full-scale models of the Viking Lander, the first explorer, and the Mars Exploration Rover, a subsequent Mars exploration mission offering a detailed look at the past, present, and future of Mars exploration. Gaze upon a Mars meteorite and examine a three-billion-year-old moon rock, just one small piece of the Goodwill rock acquired on the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Train for a moon landing, see an original lunar landing trainer, and then try your hand at landing on the moon in a lander simulator.
Humans have been working and living in space since the 1970s. Space stations have played an important role in space exploration by providing long-term labs for research. This exhibit highlights some of the science pursued in space-based laboratories, Including Earth observation, materials science, human adaptation to microgravity, and space biology. Visitors can compare and contrast scale models of Sky Lab, Mir, and the International Space Station as they review graphic panels that illustrate the past, present, and future of these space labs.