NASA Brings Moon and More to Visitors at COSI Science Festival

A visitor is immersed in space through a virtual reality tour and learns about space communications.
Credits: NASA/Tyler D. Fairchild

NASAwill host a range of activities and demonstrations, including a virtual reality chair and Oculus Go trip to the Moon, at theCOSI Science FestivalWednesday, May 1, through Saturday, May 4, in Columbus, Ohio.

NASAs exhibit will be in the atrium of the COSI building, located at 333 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT May 1-3, then move outdoors to theGreen Areafor the Big Science Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4.

Festival attendees can explore science, flight and space exploration through NASAs hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities, including:

  • a virtual reality chair, where visitors can get a sense of what it might be like to sit on the surface of Jupiters frozen water moon Europa while watching a video about NASAs planetary missions;
  • three activities that demonstrate how sound travels through the air, how humans survive at high altitudes and the altitudes where objects fly;
  • an Oculus Go demonstration that will take visitors on a trip from Earth to the Moon, and explore space communication with NASAs Tracking and Data Relay Satellite; and,
  • a model of NASAs James Webb Space Telescope and infrared camera, and interactive demonstrations.

Eric Smith, chief scientistfor NASAsWebb Telescope Program, will discuss thetelescopes unique technologies and take questions from the audience beginningat 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in the planetarium of the COSI building.

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