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Revamped space gallery at the Science Museum opens this month

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Apr 5, 2007 8:02 pm
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An exciting new space display at the Science Museum in London opens on 26 April 2007, 45 years to the day since the launch of Ariel 1, the UK’s first satellite.

The updated Exploring Space gallery will highlight some of the many space missions the UK has participated in and examine the stories of some of the scientists behind them. The display will include striking objects and images, authoritative text and interactive displays.

Science and Innovation Minister Malcolm Wicks said: “Space has always opened up our imaginations. The thought of astronauts or travel to other planets has the power to excite everyone from the smallest child to the oldest grandparent.

“Not only that, Britain has a great story to tell about its achievements in space. Learning about space is a great gateway to developing an interest in science more broadly, so I hope this new gallery will help to do this and inspire our next generation of scientists.”

The gallery celebrates the work of the thousands of people who have worked on British space missions during the first fifty years of the space age, and key new exhibits will include the Spacelab 2 X-ray telescope – the actual instrument that was flown on the Challenger Shuttle in 1985, full-size models of the Huygens Titan probe and Beagle 2 Mars Lander, and a computer-generated animation of the satellites that orbit Earth. And with the Moon back at the top of many space agencies’ agendas, the Science Museum has conserved and reconfigured its replica Apollo 11 module.

The redevelopment of the space gallery has been supported by BNSC, EADS, as well as one of BNSC’s partners, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (which has been formed from the recent merger of PPARC and CCLRC).

For more information, visit the Science Museum’s website.

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