In an introductory theater, visitors learn about the expansion of the space industry and the ever-growing set of roles young people can play in it: not just as engineers and astronauts, but as artists and designers, legal experts, writers, and more. A dramatic reveal of Astrobotic’s adjoining clean room drives the point home: real spacecraft, destined for the moon and beyond, are being built and tested just a few feet away, right on the other side of the glass.
As the theater door swings open at the end of the show, visitors are challenged to plan their own lunar settlements. Across a set of linked, interactive stations integrated into a set of themed environments, visitors discover the range of skills needed for lunar exploration. Groups complete engineering, design, and social challenges to define their own spacefaring future. Along the way, the story of each group’s settlement builds as they engineer water-collecting rovers, locate their lunar base, design mission patches, craft a community charter, and recruit a crew for the mission. At the end of the experience, visitors see a personalized conclusion, showing how their settlement might fare based on their results and scores.