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Origins Education Forum

Alien Earths

Alien Earths, a 3,000 square-foot traveling exhibition, will bring origins-related research and discoveries to students and the American public with four interrelated exhibit areas: Our Place in Space, Star Birth, PlanetQuest, and Search for Life.

Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe

How old is the universe? How big is it? How did it begin? Now scientists are able to obtain much better views of space and are starting to answer some of those age-old questions. Featuring the best of Hubble’s beautiful images, Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe, shows visitors how the Hubble Space Telescope has changed our thinking about the cosmos. The exhibition explores the Hubble, its history and purpose, and its anatomy and operation, immersing visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. Size: 2,000 square feet.

Heavens Above

Organized by the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Midland Center for the Arts of Midland, Michigan, this new, low-cost traveling exhibition features breathtaking images of the universe presented as large-formatted captioned transparencies mounted in light boxes. The images survey a range of visible-light astronomy from the solar system to stellar evolution to the farthest reaches of space and time. Requires approximately 170 to 200 feet of linear wall space.


ViewSpace is an Internet-fed, computer-based multimedia display for museums, science centers and planetaria that delivers and interprets the latest information and most beautiful images from a host of observatories and space exploration missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. This award-winning program is offered to informal science education institutions at no cost; hosts pay only for the cost of the hardware and playback software.

Pacific Science Center Origins Demonstration Materials

Pacific Science Center has recruited 10 partner museums to support the educational outreach of the NOVA Origins television series, which originally aired September 28 and 29, 2004, on PBS.

The television series explored the origins of the universe, Earth, life on Earth and the search for life in the universe. Educational materials built off and complemented the interdisciplinary nature of topics by focusing on the underlying question: what is the evidence for our present understanding of the subject? Various demonstrations that address the underlying science have been developed.

The partners in this nationwide educational effort include:

  • American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
  • Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Hooks Discovery and Learning Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Florida
  • International Museum of Art and Science, McAllen, Texas
  • Explorit Science Center, Davis, California
  • Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, California
  • Adventure Science Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri