It’s a small step for humans – and a short walk from the Carnegie Science Center – but soon Pittsburgh will be closer to the moon and space travel than ever before.
In May, Pittsburgh-based space robotics company Astrobotic announced that the Moonshot Museum will be located inside its new 47,000 square foot Manchester headquarters and “mission control” center at 1016 Lincoln. Ave. This week, Astrobotic announced the final exhibition designs for the museum, which will open in the summer of 2022, with a mission to inspire young people to find their place in the future of space exploration.
“We’re building a museum like no other, and we’re excited to finally share a look at what the future holds for the Moonshot Museum,” said Sam Moore, executive director of the museum. “We can’t wait to take Pittsburgh on a mission to the moon with this innovative, immersive and cutting-edge experience. “
Visitors will be able to see the actual construction of a real spaceship up close and embark on their own simulated space missions.
Astrobotics, which received nearly $ 200 million to deliver a NASA rover to the moon, has become a major player in the new space race. With the space industry estimated at $ 450 billion and growing, companies like Blue Origin and SpaceX are joining NASA to push the boundaries of space travel and exploration. By the end of the decade, NASA plans to bring humans back to the moon – and this time, they’ll be here to stay.
“Because the Moonshot Museum is co-located with Astrobotic, visitors will have access to all the contributors who make space exploration a reality – engineers, lawyers, writers, designers,” said John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Moonshot Museum. . “They are building real spaceships just steps from the museum and are eager to inspire visitors, organize tours and give expert presentations at the museum.”
Developed in collaboration with community members, educators, space industry experts and students from across the Pittsburgh area, the immersive digital exhibits will allow visitors to create their own lunar colonies, launch businesses in the Pittsburgh area. space or even solve mysteries on the moon.
“The Moonshot Museum will be a place where everyone can see themselves in the future of space exploration,” said Aditi Srivastava, a student at South Fayette High School, host of the InterGALactic Podcast.
The museum site features a new preview video and information on upcoming exhibitions and programs.
A $ 2.7 million fundraising campaign raises funds for the construction of the museum and to support programming and operations.
“The Apollo missions inspired an entire generation to dream and push the boundaries,” says Thornton. “The next generation will be inspired here at the Moonshot Museum, seeing and experiencing space flight up close and in person and experiencing the thrill with the engineers.”