Objectives

Orbiter prototype display

Interactive lunar education displays

Tactile displays

 

Outcomes

Enhanced recognition of the NASA mission

Cultivation of curiosity, imagination, and desire to explore our universe

 

 

 

 

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Experience

At NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC, NASA engineers are rewriting the moon’s legacy of mystery, bringing the far side into the light—and high-definition—with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The active spacecraft has been circling the moon and gathering data for future moon missions since its launch in 2009.

 

Through the LRO Exhibit, NASA invites visitors of all ages and backgrounds to step behind the lens of its microscope on the moon and make the same discoveries as the lunar scientists who operate the LRO itself.  Five interactive computer stations enable visitors to launch their own explorations of the moon’s craters and topographical features. Tactile displays give visitors hands on experience with moon rocks, moon-like rocks, and simulated lunar soil. Many enjoy the moon boot display, where they can place their own foot atop a replica of the boot print Buzz Aldrin made on the moon’s surface during the Apollo landing in 1969.

 

One of the most important design decisions was to wrap the exhibit windows with massive high-definition images of the star fields that form the real life backdrop to LRO’s orbital path. The images are so accurate and clear that NASA scientists can identify stars. With the LRO's full-scale prototype displayed at the center of the exhibit, visitors can imagine the orbiter gliding among the stars. The result is a multi-sensory experience that triggers emotion and memory, connecting visitors to NASA and lunar exploration.

 

The exhibit has set an exciting new standard at NASA, awakening new possibilities for space education and energizing the development of new projects that will conjure learning out of awe, wonderment, and firsthand discovery. RGI was honored with NASA's 2012 Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Team Award in Outreach for the impact generated by the LRO exhibit.

 


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