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NASA Taps Museum of Science to Inspire about Mars Mission

July 18, 2016

A $912,000 NASA award will enable the Museum of Science, Boston to capture the excitement of the next generation's moonshot -- the human journey to Mars and back. The agency is again calling on the Museum to bring a NASA mission to life for the public. The two-year grant supports From Project Mercury to Planet Mars: Introducing Engineering and Inspiring Youth through Humanity's Greatest Adventure, which includes two educational experiences highlighting the engineering skills and team spirit fueling this historic pioneering endeavor:

--A dynamic immersive full-dome planetarium show engaging audiences in the vast engineering challenges, revolutionary technological solutions, and desolate beauty of a journey to the Red Planet;

--A large-scale, hands-on challenge introducing visitors to the engineering design process by building, testing, and improving a solution to a unique Mars exploration problem.

"When President Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon and back, he inspired an entire generation," says Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA). "We can harness the imaginations of this generation by setting the bold goal of traveling to Mars and back. I'm proud that NASA chose the Museum of Science to be 'educational mission control' as we advance planetary exploration." The Museum project "will launch the next generation of scientists and engineers."

The Museum was one of nine informal education organizations chosen from 73 applications through a peer-reviewed process for NASA's almost-$10 million Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities award.

"A highly educated and well-prepared workforce continues to be critical to the success of the agency's mission," said Donald James, associate administrator of NASA's Office of Education. "Hands-on interactive educational activities engage students, educators, families, and the public to increase Americans' science and technology literacy."

The $912,000 award brings NASA support of Museum projects to more than $8 million.

The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500