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The International Space Station Trailer Exhibit
07.18.03
The International Space Station Trailer Exhibit is operated by the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston as part of the Agency's community outreach program, bringing the excitement of human space flight to communities around the United States.

photograph of ISS Traveling Trailer Exhibit
Picture of the International Space Station traveling exhibit.

Two 48-foot trailers linked in an L-shape form the exhibit. Visitors enter one end and move through the exhibit in groups of approximately 15 to 20 people. Three video presentations -- each about 5 minutes long -- entertain and inform viewers with the story of human exploration of space and give a view into living and working in this international orbiting laboratory. Approximately 150 to 200 people an hour can move through the exhibit.

Museum Events

The International Space Station Trailers Exhibit can be scheduled for visits to museums for periods of one to three weeks. Normally, the site visited will assist with the transportation cost, will provide electrical power and connections, and will provide staff members to guide visitors through the trailers.

Museums cover some of the costs associated with the exhibit such as transportation of the trailers, travel expenses for some of the staff, security, electrical connections/power supply/generator and other items.

NASA will provide handout information and may be able to offer other resources to make the event more complete, such as Distance Learning Outpost Expeditions and educator workshops through the Aerospace Education Services Program.

No additional charge may be made by the museum for admission to the ISS Trailers Exhibit.

Logistics

photograph of compressor on ISS trailer exhibit
photograph of exit door and ramp on ISS trailer
photograph of plug in ISS Exhibit trailer
Compressor, ramp, and
electrical areas.
Here is information you may need to determine whether your site can accommodate the trailers. The important considerations are:
  • Level space (no more than a 10-degree incline) at least 70 feet by 70 feet with room for 18-wheelers to maneuver

  • Electrical power from a 60kW generator or building connection (200 AMP single phase service)

  • 24-hour security

  • Insurance covering the loss or damage to the ISS trailers in the amount of the full repair and replacement value (approximately $250,000 each)

  • Each trailer requires 100 amp single phase service, 195/277 volts which the host organization provides. NASA provides connecting 2-0 power cables which attach under each trailer

  • An air compressor system mounted under the hab module trailer needs minor daily attention. The compressor drives the animatronic astronaut figure inside the hab module

  • The exit of the trailer exhibit, as well as the entrance, allows access by disabled persons. The wheelchair lifts operate electrically.


Operations Manual

An Operations Manual is provided with the International Space Station trailers to define the actions necessary to set up, operate, maintain, close out and take down the trailers at any exhibit site. Information is also included for how to troubleshoot common problems discovered during the operation of the trailers.

photograph of people opening door to the ISS exhibit trailer
Team members open the ISS Traveling Exhibit.


There are additional resources available such as a Staffing Handbook, Volunteer Information Guide, and more. The touring schedule is built several months in advance, so please contact us early about your interest. You should submit your request at least 6 months in advance of your event. Send e-mail to: dbroussa@ems.jsc.nasa.gov. Type the words "ISS Trailers Request" in the subject line.

International Space Station Traveling Exhibit
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