Beyond Planet Earth
The Moon. Mars. An icy moon of Jupiter. A near-Earth asteroid. In the not too distant future, missions to these destinations will launch from Earth.
All would involve countless hours of planning and hard work, opportunity for scientific glory—and risk. But if the missions succeed, what adventures would unfold. So, tonight, look up. Above you: the universe.
Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, Beyond Planet Earth is open September 30, 2017 through February 12, 2018.
A new exhibition that offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond.
Beyond Planet Earth
About The Exhibit
The Space Race
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, against a backdrop of ferocious competition with the United States, the communist Soviet Union achieved a remarkable set of “firsts” in space, starting with the launch of the small satellite Sputnik 1in October 1957.
Returning to the Moon
Just a three-day trip from Earth by spacecraft, the luminous Moon beckons. Only 12 men—American astronauts on Apollo missions—have set foot on its near-black, powdery surface and no person has been there since December 1972.
Exploring Near-Earth Asteroids
Asteroids are small rocky bodies that orbit the Sun. Most do so in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. But near-Earth asteroids orbit much closer to our planet—and sometimes even crash into it.
Can humans visit these space rocks? And when will one hit us again?
Why is Mars the most tempting planet for human exploration? No other planet in our solar system is more likely to harbor life. And it’s close enough to get there in less than a year using currently available technology.
Outer Solar System: Europa
The giant planets of the outer solar system–Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune–have more than 160 moons. Many of these are as interesting as the planets they orbit, and Europa, one of Jupiter’s largest moons, is especially intriguing.
Rotating semiannually, American Museum of Natural History traveling exhibitions will support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Resources for our upcoming exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, Beyond Planet Earth, as well as information on field trips, are available.