By Shannon Sweet
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
“Alien Worlds and Androids,” an exhibit open now through May 27 at The Witte Museum, is out of this world.
The question of “Is there life on Mars?” has puzzled humanity since the beginning of time. Even now, in the present, that same question is still asked: “Is there life beyond Earth?” Popular science-fiction writers and scientists alike have tried to answer the question of “Are we alone in the universe?”
The scientific research conducted at institutions such as NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have helped shed some light onto questions of this nature to the general public who visit the museum, 3081 Broadway, that lets earthlings learn about how science fiction is now colliding with scientific fact.
Visitors are first greeted in the lobby by a life-size, science-fiction movie icon — Robby the Robot from 1956’s “Forbidden Planet.” Robby and many other sci-fi icons are featured in the exhibit, piquing the interest of children and adults alike.
After guests are ushered through tinted doors into a spacious dark room, there is a feeling that can be compared to what it would be like to be in the vast unknown of space. Sprinkled throughout the exhibit, nine stations lined in green neon will enlighten guests with knowledge of faraway planets, robotics, and the undiscovered secrets of Earth.
Although it seems like too much information at once, the way it is presented is simple enough to understand quickly, but complex enough to get the point across. The station’s subjects range from alien life that lives within the human body, such as bacteria, to how robots are developing and helping humans in their daily lives.
To supplement the fascinating written information, plenty of hands-on activities are included. For example, to go along with the robotics station, there is a claw game that shows just how involved a simple task such as picking up a ball could be for an engineer. Along the way, guests will come face-to-face with their favorite movie characters such as C-P3O from “Star Wars” and Iron Man. To add even more authenticity to the exhibit, more than 30 meteors will be on display that each guest can touch. An opportunity like that is out of this world.
Science fans and pop-culture fanatics can all enjoy “Alien Worlds and Androids” because it fuses together movie memorabilia with pure fact. With modern science and machinery developing at this pace, most science fiction will no longer be fiction, but a reality.
This is the perfect exhibit for all who desire to be enlightened on the popular question, “Are we alone in the universe?” “Alien Worlds and Androids” just might have the answers.