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Aliens: Worlds of Possibilities
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This new interactive, out-of-this-world exhibit takes visitors on a voyage from planet Earth into the far reaches of our solar system and beyond, to answer that famous question, are we alone?

Through a number of hands-on exhibits you can discover what life on other planets might look like and why. Explore outer space, operate a replica of the Mars Pathfinder, and calculate how much you weigh on other planets. Take a peek at the world with alien eyes using an infrared camera. Look though a telescope at a star field, see a real piece of a Martian meteorite, and have a close-encounter with giant robotic aliens.

Come face-to-face with Hairy Sandwalker, Gusty Traveler and Phineous Palindrome, giant 12-foot tall robotic aliens who can't help but steal the show. Based on a school project in Washington State, these animated robotic aliens were developed from students' ideas of what aliens from fictitious planets might look like, representing life forms that might develop on planets where the gravity, geology and atmosphere differ from those found on Earth. The students' imaginative creations were then handed over to Garner Holt Productions, a leader in animated robotics who has developed animatronics for companies, including Disney World and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

People have long been fascinated with the possibility of life existing in other parts of the universe. In Aliens, you will learn about the different ways scientists have attempted to contact intelligent life, including radio signals and powerful telescopes. Find out what people have previously mistaken for UFOs and learn why scientists often debunk Hollywood stereotypes of aliens.

After a trip through this exhibit you can decide for yourself. Are we alone in this universe or do we have extraterrestrial neighbors?

Aliens: Worlds Of Possibilities was developed by the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA and is partially funded by the National Science Foundation and with support from SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.