Marshall Space Flight Center Exhibits

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Large Exhibits

Conquering Low Earth Orbit (LEO)

The Shuttle Legacy, or 'Conquering LEO' (lower earth orbit), exhibit sign View larger image The Shuttle Legacy, or "Conquering LEO" (lower earth orbit), exhibit is a salute to the Shuttle program. The exhibit features fifteen display cases of varying heights and a 13’ tall, 1:15 scale Space Shuttle full stack model. Two free-standing text walls summarize Shuttle’s 30 year mission, featuring some of the discoveries and benefits from the Shuttle Program. Cases display either artifacts, touchable hardware, space suit parts, models and videos. The exhibit has been featured at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Alabama; the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, Florida; the NASA/Ames visitor center in San Jose, CA; and the Iowa Science Center in Des Moines.

While there is not a cost to rent the exhibit, museums are responsible for shipping the exhibit to its next venue and contributing a educational component to the exhibit.

› 'Conquering Low Earth Orbit (LEO)' A Shuttle Legacy sign (PDF, 162 KB)

Mobile Theater

Mobile Theater View larger image The Mobile Theater is a self-contained, tented exhibit for outdoor presentations. Designed to accommodate an audience of twenty-five, the exhibit features a variety of DVD-based videos about space exploration, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Shuttle. The exhibit is powered by a small generator.

Depending on available space, this exhibit is often displayed with other outdoor exhibits as available. (Individual data sheets are available for these components.)

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 415 Kb)

Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME)

Space Shuttle Main Engine Exhibit › Large (1037 x 778, 72 ppi)
› Medium (516 x 387, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)
The Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME's) are the three main engines on the Space Shuttle orbiter. They are clustered at the aft end of the spacecraft. They have achieved 100% flight success with a demonstrated reliability of over 0.999. The SSME is a reusable, staged-combustion cycle engine. They are constructed by Pratt & Whitney's Rocketdyne Division. They operate for 8 minutes and 40 seconds for each flight, with a combined output of 37 million horsepower. Each one weighs 7,748 lbs, is 14 feet long and 7.5 feet wide. Because of its weight and size, this item requires special handling and moving equipment and is only used at Marshall or in the local area. This full-sized engine was used for engineering tests and is not flight hardware.

The Space Launch System

Space Launch System traveling exhibit View larger image The Space Launch System is being built today to replace the Space Shuttle, which was retired in 2010. This traveling exhibit includes two interactives that allow the visitor to virtually build the Space Launch System piece by piece, and then launch it. The exhibit also includes a video theater and a 1:50 scale SLS model. The exhibit is used by the SLS Program to explain SLS's missions, test and operational time frames, and details about flight hardware. Because of staffing and technician set-up requirements, this popular exhibit is generally not available without extensive and long-lead discussions with SLS exhibits coordinators and planners.

Space Propulsion

Space Propulsion exhibit View larger image This exhibit primarily consists of two mural-sized graphics and scale models of the Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle and Orion capsule. The murals describe past major U.S. Launch-related programs and technology innovations currently under development to make launches more green and efficient. Due to its general nature, the graphics and models in this exhibit can be used as the foundation to support event themes ranging from space, engineering, technology, science, and history, especially with the addition of other murals, current and historic models, videos and artifacts available from our inventory.

Small Exhibits/Kiosks

Solar System Scale Model

Solar System Scale Model › Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 540, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The Solar System Scale Model is designed to supplement other vision-related travelling exhibits, but also works well as a stand-alone interactive. The exhibit includes one flagged marker for each planet at a scaled distance from the first marker -- the sun. The kiosks can be connected by a chalk line, creating a nearly 1/3 mile (1,520 feet) walking trail to give visitors a visual understanding of the vast distances spacecraft must travel to explore other regions of the solar system.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 311 Kb)

NASA Boom Box

NASA Boom Box Exhibit › Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 540, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The objective of the NASA Boom Box is to expose the general public to a simulated Space Shuttle launch and to inspire them to follow Space Shuttle missions with a new appreciation for the efforts involved in getting to orbit. The exhibit also informs the public about the importance of the Shuttle as a resource and the benefits it provides to the national economy. Such objectives are conveyed through the use of two video presentations.

Augmented by custom graphics and signage, this indoor exhibit can be used to display any space-related DVD presentation. The volume can be manually adjusted to simulate actual levels at viewing distances.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 356Kb)

Hubble Space Telescope

› Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 540, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) exhibit is designed to introduce the viewer to the mission and accomplishments of the HST. Hubble has been orbiting the earth at an altitude of about 370 miles since it was released by the Space Shuttle Discovery in April 1990. The exhibit is updated periodically to reflect the current status and exciting discoveries of the HST.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 75 Kb)

Mars Globe

Mars Globe Exhibit › Large (3008 x 1960, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 469, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The Mars Globe is a replica of the red planet based on images taken by the Viking orbiters.

Moon Globe

Moon Globe Exhibit › Large (3008 x 1960, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 469, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The moon globe is a replica of the moon’s surface. Various moon craters are highlighted.


NASA Insignia 10-foot Mural

NASA Insignia 10' Mural › Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 540, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The NASA Insignia 10-foot mural is designed to be used as a simple backdrop for NASA events and media presentations.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 238 Kb)

Marshall Space Flight Center 10-foot Mural

Marshall Space Flight Center 10-foot Mural › Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 540, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

The Marshall Space Flight Center 10-foot mural is designed to introduce the visitor to past, present and future NASA accomplishments through the use of images.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 263 KB)

"New Questions for an Old Friend" Lunar Sample 10' Mural

Lunar Sample 10' Mural › Large (2400 x 1800, 300 ppi)
› Medium (720 x 469, 72 ppi)
› Small (100 x 75, 72 ppi)

This 10-foot mural is designed to accompany the Apollo 15 Lunar Sample lighted display case but can be shown without the sample if necessary. (A separate data sheet is available for this option.) It may also be used as a stand-alone backdrop for media events.

› Exhibit Data Sheet (PDF, 273Kb)

Page Last Updated: February 6th, 2015
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