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Posted by: TheFlyingkiwi - Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:05 am
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Post European Space interest sites   Posted on: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:05 am
I'm off to Europe in a little over 3 weeks for abit of a holiday and a wee bit of beer drinking at Oktoberfest and was wanting to know if anyone knows off some good space/aviation Musuems or historic sites I could go visit.
I'm probably going to be mainly in the UK, France and Germany but you never know I'll probably head off to some other countries as well. Was thinking Moscow as well if there is any good space related things there...

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Post    Posted on: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:47 am
I don't know how mobile you are:

About 300 km away from Munich is the Auto&Technik (Car&Technology) Museum in Sinsheim (English page not yet ready (but you can get a good impression there through the picture gallery): http://www.technik-museum.de/). It's the left one on the page. They have a lot of aircraft up to Concorde and it's Russian Tupolev twin-brother.

Another 20 km further away is the other "part" (that's the picture on the entry page on the right) of the museum above in Speyer. This museum has in addition to the car and aircraft section a large aerospace section as well, including a Buran orbiter since this spring.

Both are easy to reach as they are located directly beside the highway, so I would assume about 3 hours driving to reach the museums from Munich (normal traffic jam included).

On the way to the museums coming from Munich you would pass the test stands for the European launchers. Sadly they don't offer visiting tours to the public normally and paperworks for a visiting engineer would take months I guess.

In Munich itself is the "Deutsches Museum" (German Museum) for Science and Technology. They offer small experiments as well to "standard" museum activity (like the effects of lightning on a person inside a metall basket..Faraday effect). They have as far as I remember a observatory as well. (http://www.deutsches-museum.de/index.php?id=1&L=1)

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Post Re: European Space interest sites   Posted on: Wed Aug 27, 2008 10:03 am
While at Munich, you should definitely go to see the Deutsches Museum as described by Klaus, and specially the annex in Schleissheim:

http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/flugwerft/information
That has everything from historic gliders to VTOL planes to rockets.

In case you can make it to Bremen (do try, there's several daily flights and also trains from Munich), there's a possibility to go on a guided tour of the town's space activities, including the actual Flight Model of Spacelab and the (live, real) Ariane 5 and ATV production site at Astrium, including a real-size mockup of the Columbus laboratory:
http://www.bremen-tourism.de/btz/english/k1-rubrik_unter.cfm?index=894

If you get further afield, there's the Peenemünde information centre that is historically interesting (although a bit harder to reach on a short tour of the continent):
http://www.peenemuende.de/index.php?id=40&L=1

Other than that, I'd try cité de l'espace at Toulouse and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford
http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.1207
in case you get anywhere close. Also, in case you make it to Moscow, the Russian Forces Aviation Museum at Monino is probably worth a visit:
http://www.moninoaviation.com

Do post some feedback please.
Enjoy your trip!
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Post    Posted on: Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:03 pm
Thanks for the links and info there guys, the plan was to get a Europass and train it everywhere, from what I understand from the website it should get me too most places.
I sure will post pics and updates on what I encounter!! I'll try to keep my blog updated when I'm away but I'll try and post my adventures on here as well!!!


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Post    Posted on: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:01 pm
For those of you that are interested I've uploaded some pics to my Blog
http://kiwi2space.blogspot.com
Unfortuately I run out of time to go see everything but as you will see from my pics I stumbled across a display being setup in Paris, EADS/ESA etc. and the rest are from the Science and Imperial War Museums in London.
Got some good pics of the V2 and the Black Arrow, which is quite alot smaller than I thought, Apollo 10 capsule, RR flying bedstead, a bit of everything really!!!

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