Prospecting for Starlight

Prospecting for Starlight had numerous configurations and could fit within 900 square feet.
Prospecting for Starlight was an exhibition designed to travel and was set-up in shopping malls throughout Michigan. It featured interactive exhibits including a mirror-grinding station in which 6-inch mirror blanks were ground to a curve using carborundum, an assemble-it-yourself cardboard telescope, a telescope simulator showing select deep-sky views and a Starlab inflatable planetarium.
A rare opportunity for hands-on optics grinding.
Eager young astronomers wait for their chance to experience Starlab.


Two identical Asteroid Encounter Vehicles (AEV) accommodated 15 students, each.
Spacelab was built in approximately 1,000 square feet of space. It was a stand-alone program venue which accommodated 30 students with their teachers and chaperones. SpaceLab was divided into two, identical spacecraft. Each vehicle flew the same asteroid flyby mission while the crew performed experiments including celestial navigation, computer programming, remote manipulation and robotics, sample analysis and probe engineering. A successful mission would last 45 minutes and usually featured at least one emergency in flight!

During critical maneuvers, the red lights come on!
SpaceLab was built for a cost of approximately $10,000 as a timber-framed, drywalled structure with low-voltage controls for lights and other nuances and effects. A portable sound system recreated ship sounds and allowed the program facilitator to act as the voice of "mission control."
Each crew member had a specific task to accomplish using laboratory equipment.

Unique lab stations were the focal point of crew activities.
Each mission culminated in the launching of an automated probe.

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