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Mars or bust! Astronomical Idaho exhibit at IMNH brings visitors one step closer to Red Planet

May 18, 2018

A photo of space and earth
Earth fly over experience in Be the Astronaut.

POCATELLO ­– The Idaho Museum of Natural History on Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus will explore beyond our atmosphere this summer with the exhibit Astronomical Idaho that also features the Be the Astronaut exhibit.

Astronomical Idaho, opening May 25, showcases Idaho’s deep connection with NASA research, space exploration and the search for life beyond our planet. It includes an immersive digital experience that lets participants be the astronaut, travel to distant planets, plan rover missions and ward off space dangers.

Did you know the Craters of the Moon National Monument has served as a training center for space exploration for decades? Did you know ISU faculty are helping to find life outside our planet? Visitors will see a real piece of Mars and learn how to identify meteorites. In addition, Roger Boe, local Pocatello artist, captures Craters of the Moons’ unique landscape through the lens of photography and poetry by local author Will Peterson.

The show includes Be the Astronaut from Eureka Exhibits, an engaging interactive exhibit that focuses on space flight. In the exhibit, visitors learn about the challenges and excitement of spaceflight – then apply that knowledge as they fly spaceships, pilot the landers and drive the rovers, in a thrilling adventure to Earth's orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Astronomical Idaho is sponsored by KIDK Eyewitness News 3, KXPI Fox 5 East Idaho, the Pine Ridge Mall, Idaho State Journal, ON Semiconductor, and Westmark Credit Union.

The IMNH has been serving Idaho since 1934. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday. To learn more about the IMNH visit