It could be decades before people colonize the moon, if it
happens at all. But a $1.16 million grant awarded in January by NASA
will give visitors at the Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI) the chance to find out what it could be like one day to live on the Earth's junior astronomical partner.
grant, one of nine awarded nationwide through NASA's Competitive
Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, will enable MOSI to
create an interactive exhibit called Mission LEAP (Lunar Expedition for
Christopher Stapleton of Orlando-based Simiosys Real World Laboratory
will partner with MOSI and industry experts from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, says MOSI's Cathy Crowder.
going to be working with us to create a whole atmosphere, showing what
life would be like and what you would need to live on the moon,"
As the project develops in the coming
months, MOSI will receive ongoing feedback from several sources,
including Girls Scouts from West Central Florida, students from Stewart
Middle School, MOSI's Kids in Charge! advisory board and museum
Crowder says the exhibit will become a permanent fixture at MOSI. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Writer: Carter Gaddis
Source: Cathy Crowder, MOSI