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Grand Rapids Public Museum inviting visitors to Be an Astronaut

July 30, 2018
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Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is named after the Grand Rapids-born astronaut who lost his life in the 1967 Apollo 1 spacecraft fire. Photo via fb.com

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is hosting a special planetarium event this week.

Do You have What it Takes to Be an Astronaut will be held on Thursday at the museum, at 272 Pearl St. NW, where visitors will get a chance to be an astronaut for the evening.

The event will test attendees’ skills and knowledge of space flight.

Visitors will start by watching “Space School,” a documentary-based planetarium show. It will help participants learn how astronauts train underwater to live and work in space. Afterward, visitors will be challenged to complete tasks and reach their destinations.

Visitors will then take a simulated space ride through video game technology in the museum’s summer exhibition “Be The Astronaut.” Participants will get the opportunity to charter a path to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The experience will feature digital re-creations of places in the solar system built using data from NASA space probes.

The doors open at 7 p.m., with the planetarium show beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for museum members and $12 for non-members

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