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Detroit, Mich., August 11, 2023 – The Michigan Science Center’s (Mi-Sci) “Sun, Earth, Universe” exhibition has gone to Mars. The outer space-focused display has been updated with “Build a Human Habitat on Mars,” a hands-on companion piece designed to inspire, engage and educate the next generation about human exploration on the Red Planet.


“Space has fascinated people for thousands of years, and Mars is no exception. We are very excited to expand our ‘Sun, Earth, Universe’ exhibit to include contemporary explorations of the Red Planet,” said Mi-Sci President and CEO Dr. Christian Greer. “Like many of our exhibits, this new element uses informal learning and hands-on interactivity to put our guests at the center of science, which is core to what we do here at Mi-Sci.”


The new exhibit examines the technology and systems that would be needed for humans to survive and thrive on Mars, including how to get water to drink, oxygen to breathe, and shelter from the harsh environment. It also discusses the special efforts and resources needed to stay physically and mentally healthy living on a completely different planet.

The exhibit is hands-on and encourages guests to reflect on challenges and possible solutions for humans to live on Mars, including using building blocks to design their own imaginary habitats.

Mi-Sci introduced the larger “Sun, Earth, Universe” exhibition in late 2019 to engage visitors in Earth and space science. The more than 500 square-foot interactive exhibit is from the National Informal STEM Education Network and allows guests to view images of the Sun at different periods of activity, design their own spacecraft models, use tools to detect the invisible, learn how human actions are impacting our planet and more.

“Build a Human Habitat on Mars” is included in Mi-Sci’s general admission tickets, available at Mi-Sci is located at 5020 John R. Street in Midtown, Detroit and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and until 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month.


About The Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) is a Smithsonian affiliate that inspires nearly 250,000 curious minds of all ages every year through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discovery, innovation and interactive education in Detroit and across Michigan. As a STEM hub, Mi-Sci focuses on developing and introducing expanded education programs, exhibits and initiatives to empower and enrich our children and community. Through their Traveling Science Program and distance learning initiative, ECHO Live!, Mi-Sci is expanding beyond its Detroit-based facility, with a goal of reaching all 83 counties of Michigan. With the Toyota Engineering 4D Theater, live science demonstrations, lab activities and 220+ interactive exhibits, there are dozens of ways to customize your Mi-Sci visit. The Michigan Science Center

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive funding from Detroit or the state of Michigan. For more information, please call 313.577.8400 or visit the website,

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