Living in Space Travelling Exhibit

Living in Space

Note: The "Living in Space" travelling exhibit calendar is currently full.


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    Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Website: Manitoba Museum

Be part of the adventure and learn how to adapt to the rigours of daily life in space for months at a time on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Discover how astronauts in the weightless environment work, entertain themselves and tackle such basics as personal hygiene, eating and sleeping among the stars.

Become inspired by the engineering of this space station that sustains life and Canadian scientific experiments that reap a myriad of benefits.

This modular, highly interactive exhibit incorporates multimedia with various objects, replicas and components used daily by astronauts during a mission to present the technical, psychological and physical challenges of life in space.

Experience the extreme conditions on board the ISS—an incredible ecosystem in itself. So, are you up for the challenge?

Living in Space is a bilingual interactive exhibition that explores the challenges of daily life in space.

It provides a novel opportunity for visitors to discover how astronauts work, entertain themselves and tackle basic tasks like eating, sleeping and personal hygiene in a weightless environment.

This exhibition offers an immersive learning environment that is designed to inspire and ignite an interest among Canadian youth in the sciences, engineering and technology.

Highlights of Living in Space include a robotics simulator, an electronic touch table, and a collection of unique space artefacts contributed by our Canadian astronauts.

  • The robotics simulator is a simplified version of the training simulator astronauts use to practice operations with robots in space like Canadarm2. Visitors will have the opportunity to perform their own space robotics operations and understand the complexity behind "cosmic catches."
  • With the help of the touch table, visitors will learn and experience important aspects of mealtime in a simulated microgravity environment as they become familiar with the intriguing restrictions and challenges associated with eating in space.
  • One of the unique pieces included in Living in Space is the "space guitar." Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield brought it aboard the MIR Space Station in 1995 as a gift to the Russian Cosmonauts.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa will host a permanent version of the exhibition, while another version will travel to science centres and museums across Canada. The Living in Space exhibition will be offered free of charge for visitors as access will be included in the host science centre or museum's general entrance fee.

The Living in Space exhibition was developed as part of the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) travelling exhibitions program. Since 2008, the Agency has funded the development and transport of travelling exhibitions, lending them for periods of up to 3-months to Canadian science centres and museums. This exhibition program is a critical undertaking in the CSA's national awareness and learning campaign which reaches out to Canadians in their own communities to raise an interest among youth to pursue studies in the sciences, engineering and technology.

Videos of Living in Space Exhibition

Videos of Living in Space Exhibition

Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield

Images: robotics simulator/touch table/space guitar
Perspective of the exhibit

Perspective of the "Living In Space" exhibit. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

Technical specifications

  • Exhibit Area: Between 150 m2 and 165 m2, height: 3.048 m (between 1,614.59 and 1,776.05 sq. ft., height: 10 ft.)
  • Electrical supply: The exhibit requires seven separate 15 amp circuits plus two 20 amp each for the sphere
  • Time required for assembly: 14 days
  • Time required for disassembly: 10 days
  • Optimal visitor capacity: 60
  • The content is presented in English and in French.

Setup conditions

This exhibit is offered on a turnkey basis with all related costs (transport, assembly and disassembly) defrayed by the CSA. However, it is the exhibitor's responsibility to protect the exhibit from any risk of damage while it is in the exhibitor's possession and under its control. The exhibitor shall provide evidence satisfactory to the CSA of such insurance coverage.

No additional fees may be charged for public access to this exhibit. Access for disabled persons must be provided.


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