Be the Astronaut

Be the Astronaut showcased the excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules. 

Visitors had their own crew of virtual content experts throughout every stage of the exhibit. These digital characters helped visitors learn what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover — then were there as visitors climb in the simulators to perform these feats, in a thrilling narrative adventure that spanned the solar system.






In each space capsule, a monitor served as the ‘windshield,’ giving visitors a first-person view of their adventures. Touch-screens and an industrial-quality joystick put visitors in command. During missions, the entire cockpit came alive with animated lighting effects, game visuals, and sounds that make visitors believe they were astronauts.

The experience is scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility.




This exhibit ran June 16 – September 16, 2018.

This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved millage.

Sponsored by:


The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation 










Chris & Kim Branoff
Cascade Engineering
Jim & Barb Haveman
Lacks Enterprises, Inc.
Williams Kitchen & Bath


Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown


Be the Astronaut images are from Eureka Exhibits and Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.