Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Human Space Exploration

Moon Dust Bricks

When astronauts build a permanent outpost on the Moon, they will be able to use moon dust as a building material by making lunar soil bricks.

Astronaut Applications Soar

NASA’s 2017 astronaut class had open applications from mid-December to mid-February. More than 18,300 people applied!

Mars500 Test for Mission

Mars500 mission was a simulation experiment for a future trip to Mars. Six “marsonauts” were kept in a simulated spaceship near Moscow, Russia for 520 days.


The Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behavior and performance Skills (CAVES) prepares astronauts for space.

SpaceX Dragon

The Spacex Dragon spacecraft made by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is scheduled for a demonstration flight to be launched on May 7th aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force St


NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, or NEEMO, allows space agencies to test technologies and research international crew behavior for long-duration missions.

Greenhouse Experiment on ISS

In February, the European Space Agency (ESA) is launching mission MagISStra to the International Space Station (ISS).

Space Shuttle Atlantis

NASA has scheduled the Space Shuttle Atlantis to be launched on November 16, 2009 from the Kennedy Space Center. Atlantis will be on mission STS-129.

Summer Launches

This summer, NASA has two space shuttle missions scheduled to go to the International Space Station (ISS), a spacecraft going to the asteroid belt, and the first scout mission going to land on the pla

Next Space Tourist

Charles Simonyi, a 58 year-old billionaire software engineer, is paying $20 to $25 million to go to the International Space Station. Space Adventures Ltd. of Vienna, Virginia will send Simonyi to the space station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in March. He’ll be the fifth person they have sent into space.

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