Are you interested in astronomy? In addition to our Space Command exhibit, described below, we also offer special programs. Night Skies in the Observatory is a monthly program designed for astronomy enthusiasts. You might also be interested in attending meetings of the Rittenhouse Astronomical Society.


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Visit a research station right here on Earth! Locate your house using a satellite home-tracking device! Travel through time to uncover what our ancestry thought about space! Embark on a mission to discover a lost, unmanned space probe! Check out equipment used by real astronauts to explore space!

Launching into orbit was never so easy—or educational—as with this addition to the museum's growing array of permanent exhibits. Climb into this futuristic, low Earth-orbit research station and take an unforgettable journey of discovery. Our goal is to help you understand the purpose, experience the excitement, and appreciate the importance of space exploration.

An 8-foot tall telescope symbolizes Space Command's mission to observe and explore the universe. The Galact-o-scope is a futuristic window allowing visitors to look directly out of the space station to watch Space Command astronauts at work, passing planets, and the edges of the universe.

Once through the portal and beyond the light curtain, head for the visitor-orientation area and on to the telescopes. Take a turn through the "Space Academy" to discover the history of space research from ancient civilizations to today. Equipped with the knowledge of many cultures over time, you'll emerge as a skilled observer of the day and night skies.

To prepare for the diverse climates and conditions on your planetary missions, visit "Outer Space Outfitters" for your space expedition equipment. Check out authentic Russian and American spacesuits and devices that help humans acclimate to environments in space. Venture into the restricted access "Remote Command" area, and embark on your own mission to recover a lost unmanned space probe—using the same techniques scientists employ to manipulate these exploration devices on distant planets.

At "Space Training School," a satellite tracking device enables you to view your house, neighborhood, and even a five billion year old meteorite from space. Simulate completing a task in space by wearing gloves in a vacuum chamber.

The 30 interactive stations provide an out-of-this-world appreciation for the night sky and the possibilities of exploration beyond Earth. Of course, the Space Command experience is not complete without a visit to the Fels Planetarium! Space Command surrounds the Fels Planetarium to provide visitors with an appreciation and understanding for the night sky and the possibility of exploration beyond Earth.