Be the Astronaut Exhibit Opens at The Strong Museum September 15

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 •

August 9, 2018

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Noelle McElrath-Hart, 585-410-6325,

Be the Astronaut Exhibit
Opens at The Strong® Museum
September 15

Experience the wonders of space at the Be the Astronaut exhibit opening at The Strong museum on Saturday, September 15. Plan a space mission, learn about the technology and math skills required to be an astronaut, and fly spaceships, pilot landers, and drive rovers. During opening weekend, craft an astronaut helmet and wear it as you explore the new exhibit.

Join a crew of virtual experts—the scientist, the engineer, the navigator, and the doctor—to learn about spaceflight before heading out on missions in an interplanetary spaceship equipped with futuristic landers and rovers designed in collaboration with NASA.

Ask a robot—programmed by the exhibit’s “Artificial Intelligence Program”—for help with the exhibit’s mission goals.

Track mission progress on a magnetic Astronaut ID card as you learn basic principles of physics. Then jump into the cockpit, which comes alive with lighting, game visuals, and sounds.

Moon: fly across the translunar gulf in a virtual spaceship command module and orbit the moon. Pilot a lander to the moon’s surface and drive over actual Moon terrain, a 1:1 simulation of a crater region spanning more than 29 miles.

Mars: zoom through deep space and then pilot a lander over the solar system’s largest volcano. Drive a rover on Mars’ western canyon—which is wider than North America.

Asteroid Belt and Jupiter: refuel in flight to Ceres—the largest body in the Asteroid Belt. Drive a rover across Ceres’ icy surface and catch an up-close view of Jupiter’s storm-filled atmosphere.

Deep Space: navigate the gravitational force of the planets and survive the hazards of radiation. Fly time-lapsed missions at actual scale and explore the vast distances in space.

The exhibit remains on view through January 7, 2019, and is included with general museum admission fees. Be the Astronaut is created by Eureka Exhibits. Presented in the Fidelis Care Gallery at The Strong.



Museum Hours: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

General Admission Fees (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): age 2 and older $15, under age 2 free, members free. Fees subject to change. Effective November 1: age 2 and older $16. 

Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden: General Admission fee plus $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers, under age 2 free. Fees subject to change.

Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis during regular museum hours. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, additional parking is available at neighboring municipal garages for a fee. The Strong is not responsible for fees incurred at off-site locations.