Planet Pioneers

Katye Brought |

February 2 – April 7, 2019
Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery

(SAN ANTONIO, TX)  Do you have what it takes to survive on another world? 

Leave Earth behind and travel into the unknown at the Witte Museum this spring. Travel to another world where you will explore, adapt and survive on a brand-new planet. Planet Pioneers puts budding astronauts and space explorers to the test as visitors attempt to source their own food, air and shelter while solving problems in an unknown world.

Planet Pioneers was a perfect choice for the Witte Museum,” said Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum. “Every day we inch closer to the reality that our children and grandchildren will visit, and possibly inhabit, another planet. This exhibition is a fun, immersive experience for the whole family and explores what that reality looks like and the science that will make it a possibility.”

Jump in to a Surface Exploration Vehicle and take a virtual drive to learn how exploring the surface of another planet gives scientists useful information about the planet. Traveling to another planet can be dangerous! Construct a scale model habitat for you and your team and discover the protection needed from extreme temperatures and radiation. Fly a virtual drone around a planetary habitat to locate the problems for your team to fix to maintain a healthy habitat. Climb into the “centrifuge” capsule and increase the speed of rotation and see how many Gs you can spin to simulate how astronauts train for the effects of low gravity.

Along with 17 interactive experiences included in the exhibit, Witte visitors will have the opportunity to touch another world! Pieces of the Moon, Mars and a meteorites that have traveled from hundreds of thousands to millions of miles away will be on display. 

During the week of spring break, March 9 – 17, the Witte Museum will be offering demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family. Operate a REAL NASA deep space telescope and scan a distant object to help NASA scientists collect data. Learn how astronauts and scientists study space and space travel with a 3D printer demo, Rocket Science demo, Glovebox Challenge and Radiation Detector Table Activity. For more information and times for these activities, please visit and the Witte Museum’s Facebook page.

Planet Pioneers opens on February 2 and runs through April 7, 2019 in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery. Admission is $5 plus museum admission. Tickets are available at or at the Sally and Ganahl Walker Admissions Desk.

Planet Pioneers is generously supported by the Orr Family Foundation and Radiant Point, Ltd.


About the Witte Museum

Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is where Nature, Science and Culture Meet, through the lens of Texas Deep Time, and the themes of Land, Water and Sky. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum is San Antonio’s premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage.