Be­fore you go to Mars, grab a pass­port

The Washington Post Sunday - - THIS WEEK - BY ROGER CATLIN Catlin is a free­lance writer. Above and Be­yond: The Ul­ti­mate In­ter­ac­tive Flight Ex­hi­bi­tion Aug. 1 through Jan. 3 at the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum, Sixth Street and In­de­pen­dence Av­enue SW. Free. 202-633-2214. airandspace.

Here’s one way to lure the kids out of the house and away from video games— and im­me­di­ately back into an in­ter­ac­tive com­put­er­ized en­vi­ron­ment. Just head to the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum, by­pass the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 com­mand mod­ule and the moon rock, and go

di­rectly to “Above and Be­yond: The Ul­ti­mate In­ter­ac­tive Flight Ex­hi­bi­tion,” open­ing Satur­day on the

sec­ond floor, where flight sim­u­la­tion, aug­mented re­al­ity, touch ta­bles, skill chal­lenges and vir­tual re­al­ity aim to in­spire new gen­er­a­tions to ex­plore the science of

flight and space travel. The im­mer­sive ex­hibit, meant to con­vey the thrill of aerospace in­no­va­tion, de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, is brought to you in part by a com­pany that has been

do­ing that all along: Boe­ing. Here are some num­bers about the ex­hi­bi­tion, which is be­gin­ning an in­ter­na­tional tour with its stint at the

Air and Space Mu­seum.

ABOVE AND BE­YOND

Through aug­mented-re­al­ity tech­nol­ogy, visi­tors can learn about the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal chal­lenges of a flight toMars, part of the Na­tional Air and SpaceMu­seum’s in­ter­ac­tive flight ex­hi­bi­tion.

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