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Star Lab Dome

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The StarLab Planetarium can seat up to 40 students and requires 28 ft x 28 ft space with 14 ft of vertical clearance.

students sitting on gym floor in front of large blue inflatable dome

NASA educators prepare students for the StarLab experience.

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Body Code Poster

The Body Code

 

Fly through the carotid artery; explore the eye, brain, ear, and heart. Then, shrink into a cell to see its nucleus and DNA within. Discover how DNA programs the body’s cells to form the circulatory and nervous systems. Then watch from inside as we use lasers to fight disease at the cellular level.

Original score by Shai Fishman. Music arranged and performed by Shai Fishman. Fish-i Inc.

TOPIC:  biology
AUDIENCE:  general audiences, grades 3+
LENGTH:  21 min

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Ice Worlds Poster

Ice Worlds

 

Ice Worlds is a tour of the icy landscapes of our solar system ‘ especially our home planet Earth. In Ice Worlds audiences explore the critical relationship between ice and life ‘ a tale of friend and foe, enabling, challenging, supporting and adapting ‘ that has developed over millions of years.

The Earth is a dynamic planet with a global climate that is always changing. One of the most dramatic changes occurs each year as ice turns to water and returns to ice once again. The amount of ice trapped over land in the polar regions also determines sea level and the amount of solar energy absorbed by the planet as bright reflective ice transforms into dark absorbing oceans. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Evans & Sutherland Corporation, has developed Ice Worlds to showcase worlds sculpted and transformed by ice throughout the solar system, including our ice planet Earth.

The interplay of life and ice on Earth ‘ from microbes to humans ‘ raises questions about the ice worlds of our solar system. Will they have microscopic life? Will they be suitable for humans to explore? Can they help us understand Earth’s changing polar habitats and protect their pristine beauty? For answers, Ice Worlds explores the two poles of Earth and the other ice worlds nearby.

Ice Worlds opens during the 4th International Polar Year, when thousands of scientists from over 60 nations are exploring and researching the polar regions. The show is also designed to feature their latest discoveries.

TOPIC:  earth science, biology
AUDIENCE:  general audiences, grades 2-8
LENGTH: 28 min

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Earth's Wild Ride poster

Earth’s Wild Ride

 


Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren?

Set on the surface of the Moon in the year 2081, a grandfather and granddaughter watch a solar eclipse from scenic cliffs overlooking their moon colony. Conversation leads to contrasts between the moon, the only home the granddaughter knows, and the Earth, where the grandfather has spent most of his life.

As they watch the Moon’s shadow move across Earth, the grandfather tells stories of crashing asteroids, erupting volcanoes, roaring dinosaurs, electrifying lightning and booming thunder. Each experience begins with a telescope view of the dynamic Earth in stark contrast with the unchanging lunar landscape.

Earth’s Wild Ride is like many tales shared by grandparents over the centuries, except “the old country” is really another planet, always visible from the moon base, but totally unlike the granddaughter’s world. While learning about eclipses, the ice age, Earth’s water cycle and differences between the Earth and Moon, the audience is taken on a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava. Adventure and appreciation for home fill this 20-minute journey back to the Earth.

Produced in collaboration with Rice University, through NASA’s Immersive Earth Project.

TOPIC:  space exploration, eclipses, ice ages
AUDIENCE:  general audiences, grades 2-
LENGTH:  20 min

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Dinosaur Prophecy Poster

Dinosaur Prophecy

 

Long before dinosaurs’ massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs in The Dinosaur Prophecy.

“Today we are learning to cope with extreme weather, from Category Five hurricanes to devastating tsunamis,” said Dr. Carolyn Sumners, director of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Burke Baker Planetarium. “The Dinosaur Prophecy examines the deaths of these dominant and ferocious creatures, which tell of the Earth’s enormous power and potential for dramatic and devastating change. Each disaster that affected the dinosaurs is a warning for human survival.”

Never before have so many types of dinosaurs come to life in full-dome immersive reality.

Viewers discover the lives of multiple species of dinosaurs, from the Coelophysis of 205 million years ago to the Allosaurus and Diplodocus of the mid-Jurassic period.

Viewers will also see the feathered Sinornithosaurus of China and the T. rex and Triceratops that survived and thrived until the final extinction of all dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

The planetarium show The Dinosaur Prophecy is a co-production of the Rice Space Institute and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, funded by NASA’s Office of Earth Science under the “Immersive Earth” project, NASA cooperative agreement NCC5-316. Other production partners include Home Run Pictures and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Original score by Shai Fishman. Music arranged and performed by Shai Fishman. Fish-i Inc.

TOPIC:  biology, earth science, history
AUDIENCE:  general audiences, grades 2-8
LENGTH:  21 min