Update: The St. Louis Science Center’s “Exploradome” deflated in 9 minutes and 47 seconds.
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The St. Louis Science Center’s “Exploradome” gets deflated today for the first time in 16 years.
As for how long it will take for the dome to come down once Science Center officials turn off fans within in, that’s a matter of debate.
Facilities Director John Whorton says the quickest estimate is nine minutes; the longest is four hours.
Whorton says what was originally just a test was not supposed to last this long.
“When we originally planned the building, it was only going to be up to seven years,” he said. “It was working so well that we just kept going and going and it kept performing.”
Whorton says the Science Center will use today’s deflation as a science lesson for kids on air pressure.
In the inflated dome’s space, the Science Center plans an outdoor exhibit area.