Space Age Appropriate
by Alyssa Grossman, 03/28/2012
(from left) "Dark Universe" on view at American Museum of Natural History photo courtesy of AMNH • The Butterfly Conservatory at American Museum of Natural History photo by Julienne Schaer
NASA's space shuttle program may be over, but public interest in these unique spacecraft and their missions has hardly run out of fuel. Just last year, the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise took one final flight (on the back of a 747, no less), leaving its spot at Washington, DC's Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and ultimately landing in an exhibition at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. "Space tourism" is increasingly becoming a reality, but in the meantime, kids can fill up on planetary education and entertainment citywide. Fasten your seat belts and read on for the coolest ways children can discover space in New York City. Find out where to dig through archives of orbiting history, see an out-of-this-world planetarium show or hit a golf ball using the laws of motion and gravity.