Encyclopedia of Bioastronautics

Living Edition
| Editors: Laurence R. Young, Jeffrey P. Sutton


  • Marlene Y. MacLeishEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10152-1_102-1


Space museums are institutions that conserve space exploration artifacts and disseminate cultural, artistic, historical, and scientific exploration knowledge to global publics in cities, towns, and rural enclaves.


The future of space exploration and the advancement of bioastronautics education require scientifically literate publics that are informed about the benefits – and relevance – of space exploration for life on Earth. Space museums and science centers are central for disseminating the global vision that space exploration enhances our understanding of Earth and the universe while also producing benefits for futures generations (International Academy of Astronautics IAA 2010a). These are found in most major cities and towns and in some rural areas worldwide. They reach out to students, teachers, families, and the general public through diverse activities, including multimedia productions (e.g., television, film, radio, web-based), topical exhibits,...


Museums Science centers Literacy Families Communities Students Teachers Multimedia Life-long learning Informal education Publics Cities Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Morehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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  • Marlene Y. MacLeish
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  1. 1.National Space Biomedical Research InstituteMorehouse School of MedicineAtlantaUSA