Fifty years ago, man set foot on another celestial body for the first time. Take off into the universe and explore what it is like to travel and live in space – and ask yourself where we are in another 50 years?
The word comes from the Greek ástron, which means star, and nautes, which means sailor. So astronauts are simply astronomers.
Travel and live in space
In the spca exhibition you will learn about the earth, the moon, Mars, the solar system and space travels.
How long is a day on Mars? How does a space toilet work? And how can space science and the space industry contribute to a better world? In addition, you can make fantastic journeys all the way to the end of the universe with our digital planetarium. If the universe even has an end?
The exhibition has almost 40 different stations to explore. Here are some of them:
Hit the planet
If you want to go to Mars, it is important to travel smart – as fast and fuel-efficient as possible! But since Earth and Mars go in different orbits around the sun, and are constantly moving in their orbits, it is not just possible to go whenever you would like. Can you figure out when it
ISS space station
At the ISS space station, you do not wake up when the sun rises and go to bed when it sets. The sun goes up and down 16 times a day! The astronauts instead follow a normal circadian rhythm. And when they go to sleep, they fasten themselves in special sleeping bags, otherwise they would float away in their sleep. Try how it feels in one of the sleeping bags in the exhibition. Would you sleep well on the ISS?
Is it tricky to land a lunar lander? Test for yourself! The moon has no atmosphere, so you need jet propulsion both to slow the speed of the craft and to place it on the surface of the moon.
Take the bike out in space
Although the moon is relatively close to us compared to other celestial bodies, the distance is still gigantic – about 385,000 kilometers. For light, it takes about 1.3 seconds to travel to the moon and for a spacecraft just over three days. But how long would it take to cycle to the moon? Get on the bike and see how far you get!
The moon jump
What would it look like if you walked on the moon? Jump on the trampoline and watch the TV screen! With the help of slow motion playback, we get your jumps to equal a bouncy moonwalk. The springy walk of the moon is due to the fact that gravity there is only one sixth of gravity on earth. It makes each steps on the moon are much easier than here.