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Alien Worlds and Androids Lands at Arizona Science Center this Fall


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Alien Worlds And Androids Photo Courtesy Arizona Science Center

Alien Worlds and Androids takes on the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are we alone?”

Through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories, scientists have been studying the possibility of life beyond Earth and what forms it might take depending on the environment.

Opening Saturday, September 17 at the Arizona Science Center, Alien Worlds and Androids brings guests face-to-face with worlds far beyond their own, and introduces the technology that takes them there.

“This interactive and engaging exhibition will ignite scientific curiosity as it entertains guests with iconic robots, androids, and super heroes from their favorite sci-fi films, as well as the real science behind how we are using the inspirations from these once fictional technologies in current life on earth,” says Sari Custer, Arizona Science Center vice president of exhibits and collections.

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Alien Worlds and Androids photo courtesy Arizona Science Center

“Is there life on other planets? What might the CURIOSITY rover find on Mars? Why are extremophiles important? Alien Worlds and Androids is a great exhibition for those curious to find answers about space, androids and life found here on earth and beyond.,“ Custer said.

The 5,000 square-foot exhibition was produced by GES and features content from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.

Alien Worlds and Androids features nine scientific themes: Are We Alone, Looking for Life in Space, Alien Life on Earth, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Robot Space Explorers, Explore the Solar System, The Robotization of Planet Earth, I-Cyborg, and The Human Microbiome.

Alien Worlds and Androids Lands at Arizona Science Center this Fall AlienWorldsAndAndroidsSci-fi fans will appreciate how science fiction has inspired and influenced science, robotics and technologies.

Life-size replicas of Iron Man, C-3PO and R2D2 from the Star Wars movies, and a replica T-800 bust from The Terminator franchise, produce great learning and photo opportunities.

Guests will have the opportunity to construct an alien, touch a meteorite, work with a robotic arm, and sit in a POD to experience the incredible journey CURIOSTY endured to land on Mars.

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Teens using a robot arm to move items. Photo courtesy Arizona Science Center

“Is anybody out there? NASA has confirmed nearly 1,300 new worlds, nine of which could possibly hold alien life. This exhibition allows families and even educators to learn more about alien life in and beyond our solar system, “says Chevy Humphrey, CEO and president of Arizona Science Center.

The Center’s Irene P. Flinn Theater will be playing Robots 3D on its five-story screen throughout the featured exhibition run. Robots 3D is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less “humanoid” and more just plain human.

Robot “actor” RoboThespian will introduce CHIMP, ATLAS, PR-2, Herb the Butler, ICUB, and others as he takes attendees on an amazing tour of what’s going on in robotics labs around the world.

Ticket Information:

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Guests learn more about androids at the Alien Worlds and Androids exhibit. Photo courtesy Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center, located at 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004, is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days a week.

Alien Worlds and Androids will be on exhibit September 17, 2016 –January 16, 2017. Guests can purchase tickets online at azscience.org, or in person at Arizona Science Center. Tickets are $24 for adults and $19 for children (3–17). Arizona Science Center members receive a discount on exhibition tickets. Tickets to Alien Worlds and Androids will be $5 each only on September 17, 2016 and September 18, 2016 during Fry’s Free Weekend.

Alien Worlds and Androids is located on Level 3 in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries at Arizona Science Center.

Special note: This exhibition will open Fry’s Free Weekend (Sept. 17-18). During this annual weekend, admission is free and therefore the Center anticipates unusually high attendance. In 2015, during Fry’s Free Weekend, over 25,000 people visited the Center.

Fall and Winter Events Associated with Alien Worlds and Androids:

Astronomy Day, Saturday, October 8, 2016
Astronomy Day is observed worldwide each spring and fall. Arizona Science Center will have a special event and activities to increase public awareness about space.

Halloween, Saturday, October 29, 2016
Guests will have an out of this world fun time during this weekend event with weird science demos and activities throughout the day.

Camp INNOVATION: Out of this World
December 19–30, 2016
Grades: 1–6
Are we alone in the universe? What would life on other planets look like? How would we communicate with intelligent life or have we already? Answer all of these questions and learn all about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in this stellar camp program.

Alien Worlds and Androids— © 2016 Global Experiences Specialists, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

About GES
GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing exhibitions, conferences, congresses, corporate events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Spring Fair Birmingham, MAGIC, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, and L’Oreal, GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program for the past seven years, and for the seventhyear in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information visit www.ges.com.

About Arizona Science Center
The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and the five-story screen Irene P. Flinn Theater. CREATE at Arizona Science Center, adjacent to the main building, is the newest addition. This 6,500 square foot community maker space provides workshops, including 3D printing, laser cutting, microcontrollers, woodworking and sewing. The Center also offers various programs for all ages. Programs include Camp Innovation, Teen Science Scene, Professional Development and Learning for Educators, and adults-only Science With A Twist. For further details, please visit azscience.org.

For more information, please contact Michele Meyer at 602.716.2000 ext. 132 or meyerm@azscience.org.