Exhibition to leave you starry-eyed

2016-02-10 06:00
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AFTER a successful exhibition in Europe, the Gateway to Space Exhibition will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from 1 June to 31 July.

Gateway to Space was assembled by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center stet, an official Nasa Visitor Center.

Gateway to Space introduces audiences to the people, technologies and circumstances that paved the way for human dreams to enter the realities of suborbital flight, moon missions and sustained life in space.

The exhibition offers an impres-sive collection of hardware to enlighten and engage visitors, while instilling a sense of awe. Among the highlights are a real moon rock, a life-size Mir Space Station core module, a Sputnik-1 model and an Apollo capsule model.

The exhibition, organised by the Huisgenoot, YOU and Drum magazines, brings the great adventure of space exploration to South Africa for the first time. Exhibition displays, including International Space Station elements and future extended duration missions for deep space, engage and excite space dreamers and enthusiasts.

“This exhibition is shipped from Budapest (where it is currently on show) in 20 shipping containers, making this the biggest exhibition yet to travel to South Africa,” says Minette Ferreira, a spokesperson for Media24. “To date, almost a million people have flocked to see this exhibition. One of the many highlights of the exhibition is a replica of the Mir Space Station core module, built at an angle to give some effect of vertigo. You can walk inside and also view a model of such a craft’s pilot station.”

Other exciting parts of the exhibition include four original space suits, the original Multi-Axis Trainer (MAT) based on a Mercury-era astronaut training scenario, a glimpse of a scale-model space toilet, examples of the food astronauts eat in space and a model of the Orion capsule, which is designed for future missions to Mars.

From youngsters seeing these items for the first time, to the older generation who followed the space race, Gateway to Space invites visitors to set imaginations free, cross thresholds and glimpse entirely new portals to mankind’s adventure in space.

Specific timeslots will be allocated for visitors to walk around this exhibition and experience a journey to space, as well as enjoy additional interactive sessions. – Media24

Ticket prices:

  • Single ticket (adult): R180
  • Single ticket (children between 18 months and 18 years): R120
  • Family package: R520 for a family of four.
  • School packages, which include a free ticket for one adult for every booking of 20 learners, are also available. Send an email to space@megatrav.co.za for more information or to book.

All tickets (excluding school packages) are available at Computicket.

For more information about the exhibition go to www.gatewaytospace.co.za.

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