'Sun, Earth, Universe' exhibit

Take a peek at the "Sun, Earth, Universe' exhibition opening Friday at the SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester.

MANCHESTER -- What do space science and chocolate chip cookies have in common?

DoubleTree by Hilton will take its iconic warm welcome to new heights when its famous chocolate chip cookie becomes the first food baked in space inside a prototype oven designed to make long-duration space travel more hospitable.

So to celebrate the "Sun, Earth, Universe" exhibition coming to the Queen City, the SEE Science Center is partnering with DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester for special events on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Visitors can munch on DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookies, decorate moon and star sugar cookies and take in the opening ceremony at 11 a.m.

The SEE Science Center is one of 52 sites awarded the chance to display the "Sun, Earth, Universe" exhibition. In collaboration with NASA, the National Informal STEM Education Network chose the Queen City center to be part of the nationwide initiative. The exhibit will open Friday.

"Sun, Earth, Universe" features interactive exhibits and dazzling imagery. The 600-square-foot exhibition will connect visitors with current NASA science research and launch them on a journey to explore the universe. The exhibition is designed to answer questions about how the Earth is changing, what it's like on other planets and what is happening on the sun.

Later this year, DoubleTree by Hilton will make aerospace history when a batch of DoubleTree Cookie dough is launched along with the prototype oven in a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS) as part of a landmark microgravity experiment. Hilton will be working in partnership with Zero G Kitchen, which creates appliances for microgravity use in long-duration space flights, and NanoRacks, a leading provider of commercial access to space.

“That’s only fitting for a hotel brand that at the height of the Space Race announced plans for a hotel on the moon," said DoubleTree by Hilton's senior vice president and global brand head, Shawn McAteer.

Hilton will be the first hospitality company to participate in research aboard the space station.

“We are very excited to be partnering with our friends and community partners at Manchester’s DoubleTree by Hilton," said SEE's executive director, Susan Howland. “This presents a fun opportunity to introduce SEE’s latest exhibition addition while visitors also get to enjoy what will be the first cookies to be baked in space.”

For information about the exhibition, visit www.SEE-sciencecenter.org