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Solar Orbiter Public Outreach Exhibit and Briefings

Feb 06, 2020 - Feb 08, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM daily Space Shuttle Atlantis

Solar Orbiter is an international cooperative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, and will soon launch from here on the Space Coast to study the sun. In celebration of this milestone launch, currently scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2020 11:03 PM, the visitor complex is welcoming subject matter experts to bring the mission to life. From February 6 – 8, be sure to stop by the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis® and visit the various exhibits and demonstrations straight from those who assisted in the development of the spacecraft.

Activities include:

  • Quest and VIVE VR Solar Orbiter Experiences: View the Solar Orbiter spacecraft in an immersive virtual reality experience. Interact with the spacecraft to see information on the different instruments.
  • Ask A Scientist: Ask questions about Solar Orbiter from ESA and NASA scientists
  • L3D Cube: Interact with a volumetric LED display cube that reacts to tweets tagged “#solarorbiter.”
  • Looking Glass: Take a look at a glass cube that shows a holographic spacecraft.
  • JSC Lunar Samples and Genesis: See returned samples from the Genesis mission, as well as non-flight hexagon pieces that made up the Genesis spacecraft.
  • Magnetic Sun and Earth: Use a magneto-probe on a magnetic Sun and Earth model in this hands-on activity.

All exhibits are included with daily admission, so be sure to stop by during your visit to learn more about this milestone launch. Please note that launch viewing opportunities from the main visitor complex will not be available for this late-night launch. Launch viewing was only available at the LC-39 Observation Gantry and tickets are now sold out. Learn when Launch Transportation Tickets go on sale for future launches by subscribing to our emails.


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