Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Opens New Blast Off Rocket Exhibit


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 12, 2013 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently opened a new exhibit, “Blast Off – It is rocket science.”  The exhibit features two air rockets that visitors can blast up two stories. 

“Blast Off is the result of a terrific collaboration between the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, the region’s tech community and our partners at the University of Michigan and the National Science Foundation,” said Mel Drumm, executive director of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.  “In keeping with the Museum’s focus, Blast Off offers a fun, hands-on way for visitors to explore science and technology.”

The two Blast Off rockets are the same size, but different weights.  Visitors pump air pressure into the rockets to send them soaring to the Museum’s second floor ceiling. 

Blast Off is a located on the Museum’s first floor near the popular water table exhibit.

Blast Off was funded by proceeds from the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s TechTwilight event as well as grants from the University of Michigan’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and the National Science Foundation.


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