One Tank Trip: 'Astronaut: Your Journey Begins on Earth'


Twelve people have walked on the moon. They're an elite group who left Earth to go where only a few have gone before.

Exploring space is a privilege and it all starts with a spark.

"There's just so much as you would expect, being an astronaut, I mean there's only 12 people who have ever stepped foot on the moon. I mean, there's a reason. It's kind of tough," said Director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum John Graydon Smith.

"Astronaut: Your Journey Begins on Earth" puts you to the test.

"It's all about what astronauts go through to become astronauts and then what they go through once they've become an astronaut and get into space," Smith said.

"Astronaut" was designed by SciTech in Australia. This is one of its first stops in the United States and it opened this week at the Reading Public Museum.

Intellectually, are you up to the task? Brain games will test your will.

Physically, are you up to the task? There are checks on your eyesight, height and fitness.

Once you pass, which you will, or you can walk around, you'll get on a rocket. This one is going to the International Space Station. In real life, there are three people there now-- one American, one Canadian and one Russian.

The one rooted on Earth is a 3D set up so you can look around. You'll learn what it's like to live in space.

Like the night astronaut Bill Thornton tried to eat some M&Ms.

"He spends the rest of the night getting pinged in the face by little bits of chocolate that he can't control them. You know, funny stories like that that you don't really think about that you go through even though these are the most trained people on the planet, they still goof up from time to time," Smith said.

Anecdotes from another world where they still do some of the same things as us. Eating and sleeping (which looks like you're standing up.)

The hope is when you walk away from it all with your feet here on this planet, you'll have an overwhelming sense of the fact that the world is so much bigger than we are.

The exhibit is on display through May 5.