“House and Home,” a temporary exhibit, has opened at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.

A free public program observing the exhibit opening will feature NASA scientist Jon Rask, originally from Mandan, presenting “The Intersection of Space and Home: How Our Experience in North Dakota Shapes the Nation’s Space Program” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Find out how frontier lifestyles, farming, ranching, the prairie, cold winters and even the Bakken formation are influencing the nation’s space program.

Rask is a research scientist in the Space Biosciences Research Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. He serves as the director of the NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program and is a co-investigator for the University of North Dakota Inflatable Lunar and Mars Habitat in support of NASA’s future human missions to Mars.

Through photographs, old advertisements, historic documents, vintage household items, and first-hand accounts of home life, the "House and Homes" exhibit will demonstrate the familiar, yet complex, world of “home.”

The North Dakota Heritage Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. 

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