Three, Two, One…Blast Off! WonderWorks Launches NASA’s Journey to Mars

WonderWorks, Myrtle Beach’s science focused amusement park for the mind, has teamed up with NASA to showcase the future of deep space exploration and inspire space enthusiasts. The exhibit features interactive exhibits on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft and includes a guest appearance by former Shuttle Astronaut Don Thomas.

The intergalactic weekend kicks off on Thursday, May 18, when Thomas will visit Myrtle Beach area elementary and middle schools, including Palmetto Academy, Ocean Bay Middle, and St. James Elementary/Middle schools. He will share his experiences in orbit and what it feels likes to come back to earth. WonderWorks guests will have the opportunity to meet Thomas on Friday, May 19 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and Saturday, May 20 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Alongside NASA’s new exhibits, Thomas will be giving presentations, spending time speaking to guests one on one, posing for photos, and signing autographs.

“It’s an exciting time in America’s space program,” said former astronaut Don Thomas. “I am looking forward to visiting WonderWorks in Myrtle Beach to talk about my experiences as a space shuttle astronaut and tell people about the rocket that will take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before, NASA’s Space Launch System.”

This collaboration with NASA is a key component in WonderWorks’ mission to keep kids interested in STEM education and careers. The team is proud to contribute to the growing movement to help students become more interested in science. The hope is that the program will help further promote the amazing work NASA does to keep the U.S. a leader in planetary exploration while inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in the space program.

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