Even if you are not a space nerd who wears NASA underpants, you can't miss Beyond Planet Earth, the new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It will make you understand why we need to move forward in space.
It's also extremely fun. You will be able to terraform Mars, try to deflect an asteroid about to destroy all life on Earth and even smell the Moon. And you can download a free app that will give you information and add augmented reality to every object of the exhibit using your iPhone or iPad. It works great.
Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration starts with our past. It's a necessary first step: to know where we are going; to know our bearing, we also need to know our starting point.
Step into the darkness of space and the first thing you will see, floating to your right, is a reproduction of Sputnik. The first man-made object in space opens the first part of the exhibit: the history of space exploration so far. It shows our first steps into the vastness of the Universe.
To your left you will see a Vostok capsule, like the one that took the courageous Yuri Gagarin to Earth's orbit. It's hard to believe that the Soviet cosmonauts had the guts to go into space in such a crude, primitive ball of metal.