“Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience” at the Science Museum of Minnesota Giveaway

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Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience is the new all-encompassing exhibit at the Science Museum.  We are excited to share with you what it’s all about.  

And offer you a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to bring your family!

Congratulations to Cassie Merrill for winning the Giveaway!  Look for an email in your inbox!


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When  I was young, we went to the Kennedy Space Center.  I begged my parents NOT to go on the space shuttle tours because I did not want to go.

I was absolutely convinced that against my will I would be taken off this planet and thrown into outer space.

I’ve never been known for my logic.

Thanks to the Science Museum of Minnesota, I get another chance to be logical.  And experience space.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the International Space Station Office of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and partner museums.

Taken from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s press release

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Did you catch that?  This exhibit is in partnership with the International Space Station Office.  It’s the real thing here in Minnesota. Visitors get to climb aboard a full-size mock-up of the Destiny Lab.

That’s the primary research facility for U.S. payloads on the ISS.  (Do you know what payload means?  I don’t.) Also, visitors will get the sensation of floating inside it because of its rotating design.

Super cool.

Not to be outdone, the Omnitheatre is hosting a new 45 minute show called Journey  to Space.  I plan to take some Dramamine so as not to feel ill as we virtually travel into the great unknown.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience is in town until September 7 (Labor Day), but don’t wait.  You don’t want to accidentally miss it.

Giveaway time!

The Science Museum has offered a family 4-pack to one of our readers and we are excited to pass it along!

The winner receives

  • admission into the Science Museum
  • admission into the Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibit
  • admission into Journey Into Space Omnitheatre film

Giveaway ends on March 31, 2015!

We will notify the winner via email.

How to enter

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Mandatory Entry

In light of my illogical fears as a kid, leave a comment about a crazy fear you had as a child or as an adult.  (I will be sharing the best ones on facebook)

Extra Entries (leave a comment for each of these tasks completed.  These are only eligible if the mandatory entry is completed)



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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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  • After seeing a freaky movie on tv as a child, I was terrified of aliens coming to my house and standing next to me as I lay sleeping.

  • When my parents were angry or upset with me I thought they were not my real parents but mean people that had stepped into my parents bodies like suits that zipped up in the back. So I would think they were my parents but they really weren’t. Where I thought my real parents had actually gone I have no idea. They would always come back and I would have my nice parents back. But I was very afraid that maybe one day my real parents wouldn’t come back and I would be stuck with the “mean suits”.

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