Mission Moon centers around Captain Lovell’s first steps into space. Visitors will learn all about what it took to put men on the moon, and can launch a rocket, try to save the Apollo 13 crew, and check out the inside of the Gemini Space station.
Our Solar System teaches visitors all about the planets, the stars and the Milky Way Galaxy. This highly interactive exhibit has moon rock and meteorites that can be touched and visitors can even create their own crater. One of the most exciting features in this exhibit is that visitors are welcomed to touch pieces of Mars and learn about the robot The United States has exploring our neighbor planet.
Community Design Lab turns every visitor into a research scientist with their very own laboratory. Use unconventional methods of experimentation with tools such as pipe cleaners and marshmallows to conduct research or design a telescope mount for your cell phone!
The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time covers the history of the universe over 13.7 billion years starting with the big bang. This exhibit even breaks down how the very atoms in our bodies were created from the universe and dives into deep space through some of the worlds most advanced telescopes. Guests can even send themselves E-post cards that travel all the way to the Andromeda galaxy.
Planet Explorers is a great place for younger children from 3-8 years old. This exhibit takes small kids on space exploration through climbing, crawling and playing with many different interactive exhibits. They can also visit the space station, look for life on other planets, and try to blast off in a two story rocket.
Telescopes: Through The Looking Glass aims to teach guests the history of telescope invention and usage and how this technology revolutionized what we have been able to learn about our universe.
Clark Family Welcome Gallery is an interesting digital gallery made out of 13,000 feet of aluminum and 20,000 square yard of fabric that display video, movies, and lights that can produce 16 million colors and over 2 billion different combinations for show. The gallery is ever changing and visitors will never see the exact same show twice. This space also is home to temporary exhibits on occasion.
Astronomy in Culture examines the history of astronomy and all the different ways people in ancient cultures studied the stars. Visitors can see a medieval cannon sundial, astrolabe and armillary spheres. This exhibit is a true journey through time.
The Sky theater at Adler Planetarium is a delight to guests who can lay back and watch shows that teach about the universe. These shows feature real scientists and explorations into deep space.
Planet Nine is all about Pluto. The mysterious ninth planet that we were only just recently able to see close up in 2015 when New Horizons flew by and sent pictures back to earth. This spacecraft is still sending back pictures of the complex planet and views of this show can dive deep with explorers into the question of what the universe is still hiding from us and explore other dwarf worlds like the egg shaped rotating world we call Eris. Things to Do in Chicago, Illinois: Adler Planetarium - Photo: spiritofamerica/Fotolia
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