“Facing Mars”

Get ready to free ­fall 28 feet (while wearing a safety harness, of course), experience simulated reduced gravity and see the effects of microgravity on your face (ah, it ain’t pretty) at the interactive exhibit “Facing Mars”. With our always ­advancing aerospace technology, it’s a given that we’ll be able to fly to Mars one day. The question is, what are we going to do when we get there? Surviving on the red planet will affect our bodies and minds in ways we can currently only begin to understand. “Facing Mars” gives us a sample of what scientists are exploring at the moment. “We are showcasing problems with no set solutions, because to get to Mars we have to develop entirely new ways of thinking,” Dr. Devon Hamilton, senior scientist and exhibit developer at the Ontario Science Centre, which developed the exhibit, says via press materials. “From the start, our team of scientists and designers set out to create an exhibit focused not solely on what we know, but on what we don’t know — yet.”

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through September 1. Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Road 1. For information, call 281­244-­2105 or visit ­spacecenter.org. $18.95 to $22.95.
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: May 23. Continues through Sept. 1, 2014

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