Facing Mars at the Liberty Science Center

Last week the boys and I headed over to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City to check out their new Facing Mars exhibit, which is at the Center from now until September 6.  Facing Mars poses the question that ff you could leave your family, friends, and familiar surroundings behind to risk your life on a three-year, round-trip voyage to Mars, would you go?

When visiting Facing Mars, you’ll have the chance to answer this question twice: once as you enter the exhibition and again as you exit with all the facts.

Facing Mars isn’t just about visiting another planet – it’s about determining whether we have the ingenuity to solve the challenges of deep space travel.  Guests can experiment with 28 outstanding hands-on and full-body experiences including:

  • fly over the Martian surface and see real hi-def satellite images of the Red Planet
  • examine psychological profiles to build a flight team that won’t quarrel or mutiny
  • see how to grow food in space (hope you love algae!)
  • try out a special harness and walking surface to experience Martian “low gravity,” where everyone can “take a giant leap” with each step
  • see a rare Mars meteorite
  • check out before and after photos of your face in microgravity
  • learn that in space, there’s no 911. Could you handle any emergency that came up, from electrical problems to emergency surgery?
  • take a whirl in the spinning chair, then try to solve a simple puzzle
  • try to perform simple manual tasks in a low air pressure environment

After enjoying this challenging and thought-provoking exhibition, guests have the chance to answer the question again – would they fly to Mars? Why or why not? They may find themselves considering the question more carefully!  The boys decided they’d rather say on earth because their DS would melt on Mars, but you should check it out and decide for yourself.


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