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Andrew PaulyOctober 30, 2015

Journey to Space

As one of the top-rated science museums in the country, The California Science Center holds a special place in the hearts of many — especially to The Planetary Society. After all, our missions have much in common  —  we create, we educate, we inspire. With our shared vision, it should come as no surprise that our team simply had to experience the “Journey To Space” exhibit and film as soon as physically possible. We were lucky enough to get a press preview, and we’re thrilled to announce that this great exhibit and film are open to the entire community.

California Science Center
California Science Center

So, let’s start from the top! We entered through the official event portal on the second floor of the center and into a space nerd’s dream. Look to the right — a replica playhouse of the ISS, Look to the left — Neil Armstrong’s actual gloves.

All smiles at the science center!
All smiles at the science center!

Take a few steps forward and the Destiny Lab walkthrough, a magnificent simulated orbiting space station chamber, inspired by the International Space Station’s Destiny Module, emerges into view.

Destiny Lab
Destiny Lab

This was my personal favorite part of the exhibit. After a safety briefing by the staff, we walked through a bridge within a rotating chamber, which created an optical illusion of what it's like to operate in zero gravity. The simulator was seriously amazing. It took me a good five minutes to adjust to the “normal” gravitational sensation of walking outside the lab.

After we exited, as if it was written in the stars, we serendipitously ran into astronaut and S.T.E.A.M. advocate Leland D. Melvin.  We chatted about star stuff and pinned the collar of his jump suit with an official Planetary Society pin. We were pretty stoked, can you tell?

The Planetary Society staff meets astronaut Leland D. Melvin
The Planetary Society staff meets astronaut Leland D. Melvin

I will leave the rest of the exhibit to be discovered by you — but take my word that the presentation will inspire the astronaut, engineer and scientist in all of us.

Andrew Pauly
Andrew Pauly

To top it all off, we made our way to the California Science Center’s brilliant IMAX theater, where we got a premier viewing of “Journey to Space 3D.” I dare you to watch the trailer and not get chills of wonder and awe. The 3D IMAX experience is truly breathtaking.

Reading about the exhibit and film is great, but you know what’s better? Experiencing the adventure first hand. Want proof? Witness the look of true joy in the face of a 25-year-old man to your left (that’s me!).

Keep your eyes to the stars,


This weekend, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1: Get your space fix at the California Science Center’s Space Fest — a FREE event featuring NASA astronauts, exhibits, demonstrations, film screenings, and more!

SAVE ON ADMISSION: Enter promo code MARS during your online purchase at to save $3.00 off adult admission to the exhibition and $2.00 off adult IMAX admission.

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Andrew Pauly
Andrew Pauly

Communications Manager for The Planetary Society
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