Museum Exhibits 'Hawaii in Space'

HONOLULU -- Bishop Museum, the state museum of natural and cultural history, opened "Hawaii in Space," an exhibition that will continue through Sept. 7.

The hands-on exhibition, which was developed with NASA, combines space exploration with Hawaii's cultural and scientific heritage. It features exhibits on the state's role in the nation's space program, from tracking stations and capsule recovery to astronaut training in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Visitors can compare Hawaii's volcanoes with those of other bodies in space; see Mars in 3-D; explore Mars' landscape in a computer-controlled exhibit, walk through a life-size model of the International Space Station and inspect rocket models on the museum's lawns.

Children can practice building space stations and discover what they would weigh on the moon and planets.

Other events and programs are being offered, including a lecture series featuring astronauts and astronomers.

The exhibition, at the museum's Castle Hall, is included in the museum's admission, which is $14.95 for adults; $11.95 for youngsters ages 4 to 12 and seniors, and free for children under age 6.

The museum is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bishop Museum, Phone: (808) 847-3511, Fax (808) 841-8968.

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