Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Educational Activities

Spotlight
Moving Beyond Earth Gallery: a Perfect Setting

Moving Beyond Earth is an exhibition about human spaceflight. It explores its history and importance in the United States during the space shuttle and space station era, and what the future of the space program might be.

In addition to artifacts and high-tech interactive kiosks, the gallery features a presentation center with multimedia recording and broadcasting capabilities. The center offers new possibilities for educational experiences, including live presentations for Museum visitors, as well as broadcast and webcast programming for virtual visitors, which expands the Museum's educational impact to a broader audience.

This year the Moving Beyond Earth presentation center was the site for numerous programs, including appearances by three space shuttle crews and two International Space Station crewmembers; four "Out of this World" interactive video conferences; a Smithsonian-wide Educator's Exchange; multiple story times for children; several Ask an Expert lectures; and one unique space-themed musical performance by composer Kenji Williams.

In the future, the Museum plans to explore new ways and new collaborations to create additional program opportunities in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery. 

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of NASA.

Photo: Astronaut Dan Tani talks in the Moving Beyond Earth presentation center about his experience on Expedition 16.