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New children's museum exhibit lets kids 'be the astronaut'

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) recently opened its newest exhibit, "Be The Astronaut," a rotating, educational exhibit now open in its Greenville location.

Sponsored by Lockheed Martin, "Be the Astronaut" teaches STEM-based content by fusing hands-on learning with state-of-the-art video game technology. Scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, the exhibit allows children to experience the concepts, challenges and excitement of spaceflight with the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules. They’ll also have their own crew of virtual content experts throughout every stage of the exhibit, with digital characters that teach what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover. As children climb in the simulators to perform these feats, they will become part of a thrilling narrative adventure that spans the solar system.

TCMU’s Interim President & CEO Michelle Shain says the exhibit will help children think differently about how science and technology are used in outer space exploration.

“The exhibit is intended to let visitors enter into a world of space discovery, teaching them powerful STEM concepts in a fun and engaging way,” she said. "We believe it will be a favorite among families as they explore ‘the final frontier’ together.”

The exhibit's sponsor, Lockheed Martin, is a global security and aerospace company with an employee population worldwide that includes 49,000 engineers, scientists and IT professionals. 

TCMU-Greenville is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. To learn more about the exhibit and admissions pricing, visit