“Alien Worlds and Androids” opens at Arizona Science Center

Iron Man and C3PO are on display at the Arizona Science Center as part of its "Alien Worlds and Androids" exhibit. Photos by Kara G. Morrison
Iron Man and C3PO are on display at the Arizona Science Center as part of its “Alien Worlds and Androids” exhibit. Photos by Kara G. Morrison

Fans of Iron Man will get a kick out of seeing a full-size replica of the Marvel superhero today when doors open on the Arizona Science Center’s newest exhibit, “Alien Worlds and Androids.”

General admission to the Arizona Science Center is free this weekend — from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Sept. 17-18 — courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores. Also this weekend, admission is $5 to the new “Alien Worlds and Androids” exhibit and to any shows in the Irene P. Flinn Theater and Dorrance Planetarium, including new films “National Parks Adventure” and “Robots” on the giant (formerly IMAX) screen.

“Alien Worlds and Androids” follows last year’s popular “Popnology” exhibit at the science center that explored the intersection between science and science fiction. A smaller exhibit than “Popnology,” this one also features popular androids from sci-fi films, including Iron Man, the T-800 from “Terminator” and R2D2 and C3PO from “Star Wars.”

The android from "Terminator" is also on display at the Arizona Science Center.
The T-800 android from “Terminator” is also on display at the Arizona Science Center.

Visitors will also get to touch a (small) meteorite, see an exhibit on exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — and read about life forms we’re still discovering living in extreme conditions (such as at the bottom of the ocean) on earth.

There’s also an exhibit that simulates the landing of the Mars Rover Curiosity and explains the complex engineering that goes into putting a sophisticated exploration tool on another planet.

If you go: (Starting Monday, Sept. 19) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Monday, Jan. 16. $24; $19 for ages 3-17. Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 602-716-2000 or azscience.org.