"Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration" opened this week at NYC's American Museum of Natural History. The magnificent-sounding exhibition includes a model of a proposed moon habitat, space elevator designs, a model of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two, a Martian diorama, artifacts from the Russian space program, prototype spacesuits, and a robot submarine that could explore Jupiter's moon Europa. Plus an otherworldly assortment of interactive exhibits, dioramas, art, and edutainment. The exhibit runs until August 2012, so there's plenty of time for a trip. Left, a prototype BioSuit from MIT. Above, illustrator/astrophysicist Mark Garlick's rendering of a lunar elevator station.
"Gallery: NYC Museum's New Space Show" (Space.com)