Exploration Stations

Visit each Exploration Station to collect stickers!
Cullman Hall of the Universe | 11 am–4 pm
Located on the lower level of the Rose Center for Earth and Space

Saltz Cart – Telescopes | Explore how telescopes gather and focus light. Use an optics set to manipulate parallel laser light, see the night sky in various wavelengths, and understand how telescopes reveal those wavelengths.

Saltz Cart – Light Spectra | View a spectra of different colors of light at this interactive cart. Look at excited gases with diffraction-grating glasses.

Sun and Earth Crafts | Let your inner artist shine! Make your very own Sun or Earth craft to bring home.

Stereo 3D | Use 3D glasses to view these unique images of the Sun from NASA’s Stereo Mission, which explores the structure and evolution of solar storms.

The Last Arctic Ice Refuge | Polar bears, ringed seals, and other Arctic species rely on floating sea ice, a feature of the Arctic landscape that is rapidly diminishing. Can we set aside a refuge for Arctic species? 

Arctic Eco-Chains Game | In this fun and easy-to-learn card game, collect species and build a sustainable Arctic marine food web in the face of a changing climate and other environmental challenges.

Ice Detectives | Ice in Antarctica and Greenland exists in some of the most extreme climates on Earth, but microscopic bacteria still live there. Mars has ice too ... could there be life on Mars?

Glaciers and Ice in New York | NYC had glaciers covering it once. Make a wheel that takes you time-traveling through the last 125,000 years. Glaciers move, carrying ice from land into the ocean. Discover how quickly they can move and how they change and create landforms as they go.

Acidifying Our Oceans | Our oceans are changing with a warming climate. See how warmer water can change the way carbon dioxide is absorbed and the effect on marine critters.

Rising Seas | Sea level is changing. We have evidence from the past of large changes in sea level. How does sea level change and over what period of time? 

Ice Shelves in Antactica | Scientists have spent three years mapping the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Learn about this large shelf (the size of France!) and how it connects East and West Antarctica. 

Reading the Mud | Ocean-floor mud tells us about ice ages, warming events, and Earth’s climate history. Examine mud from a sediment core to see what small microscopic creatures at the bottom of the ocean tell us.

The Poles Are Puzzling! | Work your way through puzzles of the Arctic and the Antarctic. Water, land, people—explore the differences between the two polar regions. 

Deep Sea Fossils and Earth’s Climate | Explore how scientific ocean drilling provides a window into Earth’s past by pulling up “core samples” from our seafloor model and examining microfossils through a microscope.

Ultraviolet Radiation Detectors | NASA keeps a close eye on the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation and you can too by making your very own UV detection bracelet with specially designed UV-sensitive beads. 

NASA Virtual Reality | Explore with NASA in virtual reality. In this activity, you will wear Gear VR goggles powered by smartphones to view a NASA satellite, the Magnetospheric MultiScale (MMS) mission that studies magnetic force in space. 

Light and Sounds in Space | Experiment with a plasma globe, listen to sound waves in space, and ask a NASA scientist about space lightning, auroras, the Sun, and matter.

Plankton: Harvesters of the Sun | Phytoplankton are tiny colorful creatures with a big name that live in the ocean, and rely on the sun for energy. Match the colors in our samples or make your own.


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