Immerse your audiences in the adventure and extremes of spacecraft engineering in From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA, a 2015 fulldome show from the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston.
This fascinating 30-minute show about space engineering begins with an exploration of the Hubble Space Telescope, with its many intricate parts that must work together to help this observatory achieve great things.
Finally, the show explores the New Horizons mission to Pluto, revealing the engineering challenges the mission has faced in its 10-year headlong rush to a distant and fascinating world.
How do engineers plan for the extreme environments a spacecraft must endure? Where do they test their work?
To answer those questions, From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA takes us to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Integration and Testing facility, where space missions get tested. It shows how, from design to creation to launch, engineering is an exciting and fundamental process in space exploration. Finally, we witness a launch, the next step for a mission as it leaps up through Earth's gravity well.
From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA is a fascinating look at how humans take the impossible and make it reality. It's a great way to introduce your audiences to the "right stuff" it takes to explore space.
Running time: 30 minutes (24 minute version available)
Suitable for: General Public
Information about: Spacecraft engineering, space exploration
Year of production: 2015
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Educators — looking for field trip materials, pre- and post-visit handouts, and educational standards descriptions for this show? The Museum of Science has created some useful educational modules and gathered everything you need in one handy place. Visit their From Dream To Discovery: Inside NASA educational materials page!