Space journey is an interactive experiential design installation that explores the field of Astronomy and astronaut training programs, to encourage younger generations to follow scientific and astronomy education. This project explored, the boundaries of the interactive user experience along with projection design to learn, discover and experience using a gesture-based interface creating an immersive experience.
Astronomy as a scientific field, has always had a significant impact on the worldview, it explores the wonders of the universe and its countless celestial objects, through its multiples researches, it has been used to solve unknown questions about the evolution and it has been the propeller of the development of technologies that we know and used today. But while there are a lot of advance in technology, there are still many unanswered questions in the field of astronomy.
Before going into space, astronauts must endure many hours of training and preparation, where they learn about space, science and technology. Encouraging astronomy education in the younger generation could not only improve the skills, motivation and knowledge to train like an astronaut, but could impact positively in the world by inspiring new scientist and amateurs to keep exploring and researching the universe and through them, science and technology could inevitably evolve.
This project presents different mind and body challenges that teach and entertain the users on how to train like an astronaut. By playing these challenges, the users gain different skills that are useful for astronauts in space. While playing, the users explore the wonders of the universe, learning not only about astronauts but space in general.
Visual Communication Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Nancy A. Ciolek
Sanchez Angulo, Maria Gabriela, "Space Journey: Encouraging astronomy education and space exploration through an interactive experiential design installation of an astronaut training program" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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