Center for Space Sciences

The Center for Space Sciences brings together academia, industry, government, and the public to create a vision for—and a commitment to—increasing public understanding of astronomy and space exploration.

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Humankind has always had an insatiable curiosity for discovering what’s beyond our world. The more we discover, the more we want to explore. Now, as the international space community enters an unprecedented new era of exploration, the Museum’s newly established Center for Space Sciences will play a unique role in fostering excitement and wonder for the universe and our own place in it.

Worldwide Collaboration

Leveraging the powers of storytelling and science communication, the Center will invite the world to come together to engage with cutting-edge, space-related content. Led by Danielle LeBlanc, longtime director of the Museum’s Charles Hayden Planetarium, the Center brings together government, academia, industry, and the public to create a vision for—and a commitment to—increasing public understanding of astronomy and space exploration.

The Center collaborates with astronomers, space engineering firms, and multidisciplinary researchers to produce learning experiences not only for Museum visitors, but also for teachers, students, and a worldwide online audience. It does so through expert panels and lectures, town halls, online games and videos, exhibits, planetarium shows, K-12 curricula, community events, in-school programs, digital partnerships, and more. 

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The Centers for Public Science Learning