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Science City explores alien worlds with new exhibit

Updated: 2013-05-24T19:41:32Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

Fact and fiction merge in a new exhibit at Science City that finds room for Iron Man and the quest for life on other planets.

“Alien Worlds and Androids” also looks at strange creatures on this planet and even in our own guts.

The interactive display opens Friday and runs through Labor Day. It is included with admission to Science City, which is free for Union Station members.

Kansas City is the first place to get this 5,000-square-foot exhibit produced by Global Experience Specialists with content from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Union Station officials say the exhibit fits Science City’s mission of encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

One section looks at “the robotization of planet Earth.” Visitors can maneuver a mechanical arm to try to pick up objects.

Amid the science are full-size replicas of Hollywood figures C-3PO from “Star Wars” and the monster from “Alien.”

The exhibit culminates with a small theater showing Jet Propulsion Laboratory animation of the science rover Curiosity landing on Mars.

Eight-year-old Shawn Walden of Kansas City, who was among Science City members getting a preview on Thursday, was impressed with the video.

“It was cool. It showed every small part,” said Shawn, who knew a little about the mission. “But I didn’t know how it touched down.”

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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