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Space, Science & Technology

Pack Your Thinking Cap

With the country's biggest optics program, the #1 space program ranked by the National Science Foundation, and one of the top research institutions in the world at the University of Arizona, Tucson is still a pioneer town, but now we mine cutting-edge knowledge instead of ore.

We're also home to Davis-Monthan Air Force base, and the rows and rows of planes at the adjacent Pima Air & Space Museum offer one of the deepest dives into aerospace history you'll ever find.

Telescopes top our mountains, taking advantage of Tucson's clean air and clear, dark skies to make us the "astronomy capital of the world." What does that mean? Reserve your spot in the 5-hour SkyNights program at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and find out as you see the universe in a way most people never will.

Back on Earth, the Titan Missile Museum offers a fascinating look back at the Cold War. And Biosphere 2, which made history as Earth's first self-contained biome, now invites the public to learn more about its innovative research on climate change and other vital science topics.

Tucson also stakes it's claim as a mecca for geologists and rock hounds looking for rare gems and minerals. Every year we host the world's largest Tucson Gem Mineral & Fossil Showcase, which houses an innumerable amount of treasures for anyone interested or involved with this particular scientific field, or even those just looking for awe-inspiring jewelry and decor.

Aug 21

Destination Mars at Flandrau Planetarium August 19, 2018 - February 23, 2019

Explore the history of missions to the Red Planet and learn about the... Read More

Aug 21

Tucson Sky & Beyond at Flandrau Planetarium August 19, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Flandrau Planetarium presents its classic night sky show, but not... Read More

Aug 25

Cool Summer Nights at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum August 25, 2018 - September 1, 2018

Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy a family-friendly outing during... Read More

Sep 01

Star Party at Oracle State Park September 1, 2018

Celebrate the summer night sky at Oracle State Park with the Tucson... Read More

Mar 09

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit-Dragoon March 9, 2019 - April 21, 2019

The Amerind Museum hosts the Water/Ways national exhibit, which... Read More

Oct 19

Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit-Tubac October 19, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park hosts an exclusive Arizona tour... Read More

Planes on display at Pima Air and Space Museum
Kitt Peak Telescopes
Titan Missile Museum Control Room
Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
Steward Observatory Mirror Lab's Giant Mirror

Astrotourism is Looking Up

Exploring the night sky in Southern Arizona By Suzanne Wright A night owl and a bit of an insomniac, I’m often outside late at night,... Read More

Mt. Lemmon Science Tour

The Mt. Lemmon Science Tour App Discover the science and wonders of Arizona’s “Sky Islands” region on your drive up the Santa Catalina Mountains... Read More