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This page will serve as a resource to Museums, planetaria, and other informal education settings. Not only will information on the IBEX mission and its background science be presented, but also materials and activities appropriate for use on the museum floor. These activities will be geared toward casual museum-goers, to inspire interest in the IBEX mission. Also included on this page will be information on the Adler-created Planetarium show focusing on the IBEX mission. Activities and demonstrations to supplement the show will be highlighted on this page, as well.
IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System now available!

The Adler Planetarium is pleased to announce the release of a new fulldome show IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System. This production is part of NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer's (IBEX) Education and Public Outreach Program, led by Adler Planetarium and with visualizations from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

The show is available to planetaria at no charge.

Find out more about obtaining IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System!

The IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar Systemshow is now playing at planetariums around the world. Find a show location near you!

(Note: The actual Google map pinpoints for some planetarium locations may not be exact. Please contact the individual sites for directions.)

IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System Show


Background
IBEX: An electronic resource for museum educators, in Powerpoint and pdf

This powerpoint is a comprehensive educational resource for museum educators highlighting the major mission information and science background for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, a Small Explorer Earth-orbiting spacecraft that is designed to map the distant boundary between the solar wind from our Sun and the interstellar medium. It can also be modified to use with museum visitors. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.



Activities
Try these activities on the museum floor! Use one at a time, or several together to support learning about the IBEX mission and science.
Four of the States of Matter (1.7 MB; PDF)
This kinesthetic science demonstration introduces museum visitors to four of the states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. It also demonstrates how the addition of energy can transform matter from one state to another, and gives an overview of NASA’s IBEX mission. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Mystery Matter (1.7 MB; PDF)
This interactive museum demonstration reintroduces participants to three of the five states of matter (solid, liquid, gas), and introduces them to a fourth state of matter, plasma, and its connection to the Sun. It also provides an overview of the IBEX mission to explore the boundary of the Solar System. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Achieving Orbit (943 KB; PDF)
In this Engineering Design Challenge activity, museum visitors will use balloons to investigate how a multi-stage rocket, like that used in the IBEX mission, can propel a satellite to a specific orbit. Participants will construct a two-stage balloon rocket that will be required to reach a particular location on the balloon track, simulating the proper orbit to be reached by the IBEX satellite. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Postcards from Space (1.6 MB; PDF)
Using information from the My Place in Space lithograph, participants will write and/or draw a postcard to friends and family as if they had gone beyond the interstellar boundary of our Solar System, into the Milky Way Galaxy. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Postcard for Activity
Particle Detection (601 KB; PDF)
This educator-led activity introduces museum visitors to the IBEX mission and the techniques it will use to collect and count particles called Energetic Neutral Atoms (ENAs). If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Posters and Lithographs
Exploring the Edge of the Solar System (poster) (English, 7.1 MB; PDF)
IBEX: Explorador de la Frontera Interestelar (Spanish, 2.5 MB; PDF)
This poster outlines the major mission highlights of the IBEX mission. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Edge of the Solar System (poster) (English, 28.7 MB; PDF)
IBEX: La Frontera de Nuestro Sistema Solar (Spanish, 1.1 MB; PDF)
This poster outlines the components of our Solar System's Heliosphere. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: The previous iteration of this poster contained an error in its graphical depiction of the locations of two planets in our Solar System. Two planets were shown to occupy one planetary orbit, while an inner orbit was shown to be vacant. The current downloadable version of this product contains the correct depiction, with a single planet in each orbit. While this was a very minor element of the poster and the main content of the poster was unaffected, the IBEX Education & Public Outreach team would still like to acknowledge the error. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused, and we encourage anyone who downloaded this product to replace the previous file with the one linked here. We do not anticipate reprinting the corrected version of this product to replace printed (hard) copies that have been distributed.

The Heliosphere (lithograph)(English, 2.7 MB; PDF)
La Heliosfera (Spanish, 904 KB; PDF)
This lithograph outlines the components of the Solar System's Heliosphere. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: The previous iteration of this lithograph contained an error in its graphical depiction of the locations of two planets in our Solar System. Two planets were shown to occupy one planetary orbit, while an inner orbit was shown to be vacant. The current downloadable version of this product contains the correct depiction, with a single planet in each orbit. While this was a very minor element of the lithograph and the main content of the lithograph was unaffected, the IBEX Education & Public Outreach team would still like to acknowledge the error. We apologize for any inconvenience this error may have caused, and we encourage anyone who downloaded this product to replace the previous file with the one linked here. We do not anticipate reprinting the corrected version of this product to replace printed (hard) copies that have been distributed.

Mission Overview (lithograph) (English, 745 KB; PDF)
Resumen de la Misión (Spanish, 240 KB; PDF)
This lithograph outlines the details of the IBEX mission. If you need an audio version of this material, the file is compatible with screen reading software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Tactile Products for Individuals with Visual Impairment
IBEX Spacecraft Tactile

This tactile product includes a diagram of the IBEX spacecraft. To request a copy, please email: ibexepo@swri.org Audio Walkthrough of the IBEX spacecraft Tactile (2.6 MB; mp3) Text version of audio walkthrough

Tactile Diagram of the IBEX Spacecraft
IBEX Heliosphere Tactile


This tactile product includes a diagram of the Heliosphere. To request a copy, please email: ibexepo@swri.org Audio Walkthrough of the Heliosphere Tactile (2.8 MB; mp3) Text version of audio walkthrough
Tactile Diagram of the Heliosphere
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Last Updated: 22 NOVEMBER 2010
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