Review: NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition in Singapore

By Lynn Wee   — December 07, 2016
  • NASA - A Human Adventure exhibition opens in Singapore
    1 / 6 NASA - A Human Adventure exhibition opens in Singapore

    Take a trip to space with your family! NASA – A Human Adventure exhibition displays over 200 artefacts, including actual space-flown items and full-scale replicas. 

    Young Parents checked out the exhibition to see what the hype is about. 

    (Click on arrows in photos to find out more)

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  • Largest space flight exhibition in Singapore
    2 / 6 Largest space flight exhibition in Singapore

    Its organiser ArtScience Museum says this is the largest space flight exhibition in Singapore. The artefacts were shipped here by sea in 19 large containers.

    These include a nose cone from a Jupiter rocket which was retrieved in the sea; film magazines and film frames that have been to the moon and back on the Apollo missions.

    You’ll also see fragments of the world’s first long-range ballistic missile, the V-2, which was developed by the Germans during World War II.

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  • The exhibition's highlights
    3 / 6 The exhibition's highlights

    Other highlights include a full-scale replica of a capsule from the Mercury spacecraft, the first human space flight programme for the United States that ran from 1961 to 1963.

    It was significant for its role in the US’ space race against the Soviet Union during the Cold War, when the two countries fought to put the first man in space (the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin did it in 1961) and the first man to land on the moon (American Neil Armstrong achieved this in 1969 with the Apollo 11 mission).

    Another full-scale replica re-creates the crew cabin and forward fuselage of the Space Shuttle. The orbital spacecraft, which was the first to be able to transport cargo to space and back, was in operation between 1981 and 2011.

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  • Experience launching into space here
    4 / 6 Experience launching into space here

    There is also a G-force simulator which provides both kids and adults a taste of what it’s like to launch into space. The two-minute experience, which costs $6 to $9 per person, simulates a flight on the 1961 Mercury Liberty Bell 7 with the late American astronaut Gus Grissom.

    During the experience, visitors will encounter a G-force of up to 2G – two times the force of gravity on Earth, and slightly under the 3G that astronauts can face during a rocket launch.

    There is no age limit, but kids have to be at least 1.2m to take the ride. 

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  • Kid-friendly activities
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    Junior can also take this opportunity to learn more about the solar system as well as the Earth’s climate, through its interactive educational software, which is projected on a globe. 

    There are booths in the exhibition that allows your kid to “build” his very own rocket using the stencils and colour pencils provided (as shown above). 

    Related: Review: Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder in Singapore

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  • Space quest workshop for kids
    6 / 6 Space quest workshop for kids

    Other activities include the Space Quest workshop, where kids can complete a series of hands-on activities, and race against time to launch a space mission. 

    Recommended for children from age seven, the workshop lasts for an hour and is held only on Dec 16 and 30, at 4.30pm, at the Rainbow Room at Future World. 

    It costs $8 per participant and is limited to the first 20 (tickets available at the box office). 

    NASA – A Human Adventure 

    When: Now till Mar 19, 10am to 7pm 
    Where: Artscience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue 
    How much:
    Monday to Thursday: $15 to $20 (adult), $9 to $12 (child).
    Friday to Sunday: $19 to $25 (adult), $11 to $15 (child).

    Tickets to the G-Force Astronaut Trainer ride
    Monday to Thursday: $6
    Friday to Sunday: $9

    Tickets to the Space Quest workshop (Dec 16 and 30 only)
    $8 per child 

    Find out more at www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum.

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

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