Space Expo 2018 brings together top names in the arts and sciences of space for a weekend that celebrates the many ways we explore and interpret space.

Explore Mars via Virtual Reality, interact with an augmented reality clothing app, and meet an archeologist conducting a dig . . . on Mars!

Learn about space exploration from those who do it, those who photograph it, those who do it through virtual reality and those with the most innovative plans for spaceflight. Through activities, lectures and special evening events, there have never been more ways to discover the universe!


Friday, Nov. 2

"Evidence of Space Exploration...on Earth"
5:30 to 9:00 PM | Charles Simonyi Space Gallery

Join us for a cocktail reception, lecture and book signing with photographer and author Michael Soluri.

With rare access to restricted areas of training and research facilities, Soluri documents what happens on Earth before space missions. His photos capture the places where space objects are crafted and assembled, and the people who train for journeys that most can only dream about.

Following the lecture, Michael will sign copies of his book, Infinite Worlds: the People and Places of Space Exploration, published by Simon & Schuster.

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Tickets: $15 General | $10 Museum Members

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Saturday, Nov. 3

Activities and Exhibitors
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

  • MarsVR Project: Virtual Reality demos by the Mars Society (Ages 13+)
    • Presented by the Mars Society, the world's largest and most influential space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars.
    • Experience demonstrations of the "MarsVR Program," a multi-phase effort to build VR applications for serious research. The Phase 1 environment will be used at the organization's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) to train crew members. Located in Utah, the MDRS has been running since 2001, and represents one of the two facilities in the Mars Society's analog research program to investigate the human factors challenges of living and working on Mars.
  • MAX 2019: A Space Festival: "The Dig" and "Universal Threads"
    • Presented by Media Art Xploration, a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to using performing and interactive arts to explore a scientific mission.
    • Join performance artist Christine Zeurcher for interactive art piece “The Dig” in which she digs a hole to the other side of the planet while wearing a handmade spacesuit. During her dig, she discovers rare materials and uses a HAM radio to send and receive transmissions from all over the globe. Audience members can investigate her findings while tuning into radio transmissions.
    • Fashion and space exploration merge in “Universal Threads,” a booth where you can experience how fashion can communicate the story of the Universe and the mysteries of space. Check out wearable technology pieces that push the boundaries of fashion and science.
  • Raisbeck Aviation High School Robotics Club
  • UW SPACE Ambassadors


Lectures and Panels
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  • Randii Wessen, NASA/JPL
  • James Burk, Mars Society
  • Panel moderated by Jim Haven, Look Up
  • Kay Matschullat, Media Art Xploration
  • Michael Soluri, Author/Photographer (See Nov. 2 evening event)
  • Student researchers, University of Washington


"The Potential for Human Exploration of Mars"
5:30 to 8:00 PM | Charles Simonyi Space Gallery

Join us for a meet-and-greet reception with a lecture and Q&A session with Dr. Robert Zubrin, co-founder of the Mars Society.

Zubrin’s presentation illustrates how humans can establish and maintain a presence on Mars. No longer a plot line from science fiction, life on Mars could be possible with the Mars Society’s “Mars Direct” plan, a cost-effective approach that is achievable with current technology.

Tickets: $15 General | $10 Museum Members

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Daytime activities, lectures/panels and exhibitor booths are FREE with Museum admission.
Separate ticket price for the two evening receptions.