Good news for space fanatics: NASA – A Human Adventure, the largest space flight exhibition ever to be held in Singapore is launching at ArtScience Museum, with over 200 historically significant artefacts on display including items which have flown in space.
The exhibition tells the inspiring story of NASA’s huge achievements in space flights and exploration, from the time the first space rocket was launched to the latest accomplishments in manned space flights. Highlights of the exhibition includes the gigantic Saturn V Moon Rocket, full-size models of the pioneering Mercury spacecraft, the Apollo Command Module that carried the first humans to the Moon, the Rover astronauts used to explore the Moon, and a full-size model of the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle.
NASA – A Human Adventure also shows the astonishing human story of the spirit and fortitude involved in surviving in space, and reflects on the sacrifices of the men and women whose own journeys into space ended in tragedy.
The exhibition made its world premiere at Tekniska Museet (The National Museum of Science and Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011 and since then, it has travelled to Madrid, Istanbul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul and Taipei, among others. Singapore is the next stop.
Gallery 1: The Dreamers
Gallery 1 focuses on dreamers – the men who dreamed of space exploration and devoted their lives to making that dream a reality. Visitors will be treated to a display of portraits of Leonardo Da Vinci, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Chesley Bonestell, Robert McCall, and other famous individuals who showed an interest in space: writers who imagined space travels, and artists who dreamed on how other worlds might appear.
Gallery 2: Go Fever
Go Fever provides visitors with a historical journey of the conquest of Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union as a direct result of the Cold War. This race allowed major achievements in space technology, rapidly pushing the boundaries of human achievements. This gallery will reveal the triumphant space discovery-related events in history: the Soviet launch of Sputnik in 1957, the first man made satellite to orbit the Earth; the establishment of NASA by American President Eisenhower in 1958; Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into space in April 1961 and astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space in May 1961.
Gallery 3: Pioneers
This gallery is dedicated to the genius rocket scientists and engineers who made the ambitious dreams of space travel a reality. Their remarkable technological achievements are truly awe-inspiring. The Pioneers gallery shows the amazing and swift evolution of rockets created by NASA scientists. On display is a 10-metre long model of the Saturn V Moon Rocket, the largest and most powerful launcher ever successfully used and is the only rocket capable of taking men to the Moon and back.
Gallery 4: Endurance
This gallery explores the challenges of travelling to space and surviving the hostile environment. Visitors will learn about the endurance of the astronauts in space and their daily lives from what they wear and eat to the instruments and hardware that they used on their missions. The gallery will also share knowledge on the lunar landing and the special rover used as astronauts made their explorations on the Moon.
Gallery 5: Innovation
Innovation is always at the heart of space exploration – new ideas and ground breaking technologies which contributed to making the impossible, possible. Visitors will be introduced to the innovations that took Americans to the orbit and the Moon. Highlights of this gallery include full-sized high-fidelity replicas of the Mercury capsule, the first American manned spacecraft; Gemini capsule, versatile spacecraft designed to practise the Moon missions; Apollo Command Module that carried the first humans to the Moon and back as well as the Space Shuttle that carried out numerous complex missions in orbit.
NASA – A Human Adventure opens on 19 November 2016 at the ArtScience Museum. For more information, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum.
Photo Credits: NASA