INDIANAPOLIS -- The vastness of space makes it almost impossible for people to catch a glimpse of the mysterious unknown -- until now.
The new Indiana Space Travels exhibit at the Indiana State Fair will interactively showcase the great beyond in a way that provides answers to many of space's unsolved mysteries.
Sponsored by the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC) and its affiliates, the never-before-seen exhibit is an elaborate presentation of educational and hands-on activities that will captivate fairgoers.
It is designed to inform visitors about Indiana space achievements, while providing real artifacts and demonstrations that replicate space exploration and answer questions.
Having contributed to aeronautics since the 1850s, Hoosiers have been critical to the development of space exploration.
More than 100 companies in Indiana have ties to space related technology and projects. From 2002-06, NASA contracts in Indiana brought in more than $43 million, contributing to the state's economic development.
"In the exhibit, we have several interactive items and unique artifacts," Director of the INSGC Dr. Barrett Caldwell said. "Included in our display is an incubator from an experiment called "Chicks in Space," conducted during a flight by the space shuttle Discovery. The experiment, developed by an Indiana student and sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken, launched several chicken eggs into space to determine the effects of gravity of weightlessness on embryos."
The exhibit also features a Mars Rover operated by remote control, a space capsule simulator that visitors can look inside, a replica Hubble Telescope, a modular mission control board, artifacts from various space missions and a wall featuring NASA astronauts with Indiana ties.
"We want people to learn more about how INSGC cultivates workforce development and serves as a catalyst for economic growth," Dr. Caldwell said.
"We offer scholarships, internships and fellowships that expose young people to careers pertaining to space-related products and programs and help keep talented professionals in Indiana."