Be the Astronaut Exhibit Closes January 7 at The Strong Museum

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

December 13, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

Be the Astronaut Exhibit
Closes January 7 at The Strong® Museum

Don’t miss your final chance to experience the wonders of space in the Be the Astronaut exhibit at The Strong museum. The exhibit remains on view through Monday, January 7.

Join a crew of virtual experts—the scientist, the engineer, the navigator, and the doctor—to learn about spaceflight before heading out on missions in an interplanetary spaceship equipped with futuristic landers and rovers designed in collaboration with NASA.

Ask a robot—programmed by the exhibit’s “Artificial Intelligence Program”—for help with the exhibit’s mission goals.

See real artifacts from space, such as meteorites, and memorabilia from the Soviet space program and Apollo Space Race. View full-size spacesuits, including ones form a Soviet cosmonaut and a replica of the NASA Mark VII Moon-Mars Suit, and a Chinese Taikonaut training pressure helmet. Track mission progress on a magnetic Astronaut ID card as you learn basic principles of physics. Then jump into the cockpit, which comes alive with lighting, game visuals, and sounds.

Moon: fly across the translunar gulf in a virtual spaceship command module and orbit the moon. Pilot a lander to the moon’s surface and drive over actual Moon terrain, a 1:1 simulation of a crater region spanning more than 29 miles.

Mars: zoom through deep space and then pilot a lander over the solar system’s largest volcano. Drive a rover on Mars’ western canyon—which is wider than North America.

Asteroid Belt and Jupiter: refuel in flight to Ceres—the largest body in the Asteroid Belt. Drive a rover across Ceres’ icy surface and catch an up-close view of Jupiter’s storm-filled atmosphere.

Deep Space: navigate the gravitational force of the planets and survive the hazards of radiation. Fly time-lapsed missions at actual scale and explore the vast distances in space.

The exhibit remains on view through January 7, 2019, and is included with general museum admission fees. Be the Astronaut is created by Eureka Exhibits. Presented in the Fidelis Care Gallery at The Strong.



Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum closes at 4 p.m. on December 24 and December 31 and is closed on December 25. The museum opens at noon on January 1.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $16, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change.

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.