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To Space & Back

Space exploration shaping your life!

Space exploration has a major effect on our lives — helping us discover a universe of breathtaking scale and beauty, and influencing the way we live.

movie frameThe international award-winning To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day.

movie frameSpace — our greatest adventure, is shaping our daily lives. It's shrinking the world into a gadget that fits into the palm of your hand — but it doesn't stop there. This is the amazing story of how space exploration is now part of our everyday life. What's happening above is coming back down to Earth!

movie frameThe show explores the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program. From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible.

movie frameWhether screening for general audiences or school groups, viewers love the graphics and draw connections from space to everyday life.

Discover how space exploration is shaping your world... discover To Space & Back.

Customer kudos for To Space & Back

"5 STARS! Keeps the audience interested, even for students who feel they are too cool for a museum visit. Smooth and fast visual graphics rival even the best Hollywood productions. You will sit on the edge of your seat the entire time." — Jay Schwartz, Planetarium Director, New Jersey State Museum

"Young, old and everywhere in between, our audiences have raved about the production quality and sheer 'awesomeness' of To Space & Back. I especially notice how school-age groups have made connections to this program. So happy to have it in our theater!" — Dave Bush, Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

"To Space & Back is not only a beautiful and educational show; it also fits in well with our mission. We highlight NASA spinoffs with local ties before each show. Because of the subject matter and the high quality of this show, we were able to get the license fully funded. It has been a popular show with our public audiences this summer, and we are offering it as a show for schools this fall because it meets their academic standards in both science and social studies." — Carole Holmberg, Planetarium Manager, Settlemyre Planetarium

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Running time: 25 minutes
Narrated by James May. Alternative narration by Derrick Pitts also available.
Suitable for: General public, school groups
Year of production: 2013

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The K-12 Educator's Guide, developed by The Franklin Institute, details how this show follows national science standards, and contains supplementary materials, games, resource links, and more.