Mars may be millions of miles away and out of sight (it’s hidden in the Sun’s glare right now), but a simulated Mars is right here in Cleveland, where it will remain for the coming months. Right now and running into September, the Great Lakes Sciences Center, located in downtown Cleveland, will be hosting the Facing Mars exhibit, where anyone can be an astronaut, sort of.
In the exhibit, participants can experience as much of a simulated Mars mission as is Earthly possible that are designed to help you answer the question: could I go to Mars?
Going to Mars is a lot tougher than going to the Moon. The Moon is just a 3 day trip from Earth. Mars is a months-long voyage, akin to those experienced by the great explorers of the Renaissance. Needless to say, enormous physical and mental challenges await and the exhibits at the Science Center are designed to help participants see whether they could rise to the occasion.
Among the 28 exhibits at the Science Center is a Mars Walk, which simulates walking in reduced gravity, experiments where you can see just how little personal space you can handle, a spinning chair to see whether you have the stomach (and mind) for a Mars mission, as well as exhibits on space food and, worst-case scenario, space surgery, as well as many others. Besides the main exhibit, there are shorter duration special events, too.
For the full details, go to theFacing Mars sub-site at the Science Center website.
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