The countdown to liftoff has begun! Starting this fall, the Moonshot Museum will invite visitors to see real lunar spacecraft as they’re being built by space industry professionals, embark on their own simulated lunar mission, and find how they fit into the future of space exploration. Before visitors embark on a simulated lunar mission, they are introduced to the $450 billion global space industry, the incredible opportunities space offers humanity, and how space can help us solve some big problems here on Earth.
The simulated experience begins by stepping into The Lab to build a lunar rover, take a closer look at real-life lunar landers and rovers under construction in Astrobotic’s Clean Room; and join space industry engineers in working through simulated challenges associated with exploring the Moon. Visitors then investigate a futuristic lunar habitat and cargo bay, while learning about space industry professionals of many different backgrounds and interests, and explore how people work together to maintain a human presence in space.
Finally visitors get to craft their very own message to the Moon and send it to the surface onboard one of Astrobotic’s future lunar landers. The Moonshot Museum will launch in late 2022 with two experiences: One is a mission-based, docent-led experience, and the other is an unfacilitated exploratory adventure where visitors engage with interactive stations at their own pace.
Luci Creative worked closely with museum staff, teachers, and space experts to develop the exhibit. Our team members prototyped and play-tested the entire experience with more than sixty Pittsburgh-area middle school students, where we uncovered actionable insights to make the Museum experience even more impactful for its lunar learners.