Before you go to Mars, grab a passport
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.
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.