QUEENSLAND Museum is preparing to launch an exhibition which will provide fascinating insights into the history of space travel and rocket science.
NASA – A Human Adventure, the most extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world, will open at the museum on March 15.
The museum will be the first in Australia to host the exhibition, which features more than 250 items, including original space flown objects and scaled models and replicas.
It comprehensively tells the story of space travel – from the artists and writers who dared to dream about what the future might hold, to the early pioneers and engineering feats which changed the world by paving the way for space exploration.
Highlights include a collection of space suits, replicas of the front sections of NASA’s Space Shuttle, Lunar Rover, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space crafts and the Soviet robotic lunar rover Lunokhod.
The exhibition also includes space food, lunar cameras, moon boots real rocket engines and an experimental nose cone from a Jupiter rocket.
Arts and Science Minister Leeanne Enoch said the exhibition would be the largest ever hosted by the museum, in terms of size and objects.
“The exhibition coincides with a yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and is sure to be a draw card for visitors from around Australia,” she said.
Chief executive Jim Thompson said the exhibition would represent “a new era” following recent redevelopments which had created a number of new gallery spaces.
“The museum will undergo further redevelopment as we prepare to host this major exhibition,” Dr Thompson said.
“Once this area is completed, Queensland Museum will be able to accommodate a huge array of exhibitions, with large footprints from around the globe, starting with NASA – A Human Adventure.”
The exhibition will be one of the major features of Queensland Tourism and Events’ 2019 events calendar, along with the World Science Festival which will run from March 20-24 and a range of blockbuster sporting events.
It will be at the museum until October 9 and tickets are already on sale.
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