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NASA – A Human Adventure at ArtScience Museum

NASA – A Human Adventure, which opened earlier this month, is an exhibition fully dedicated to space flight – the largest of its kind to be held in Singapore.

Nov 30, 2016 | By Madelaine Angelina

NASA – A Human Adventure, which opened November 19 at the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum, is an exhibition fully dedicated to humankind’s epic journey into the unknown. Part of the museum’s current season, the exhibition also happens to be the largest of its kind to be held in Singapore.

NASA – A Human Adventure offers visitors a chance to be a part of the expeditions beyond our skies and for once, it really is rocket science! More than 200 historically-significant artifacts of space travel will be showcased at the event and are organized in five distinctly-themed galleries.

Dreamers Gallery

Dreamers Gallery

The first gallery, The Dreamers (above), is dedicated to the visionaries who manifested the ideas of space exploration, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Chesley Bonestell and Robert McCall. The next gallery, Go Fever, highlights the important space discovery events throughout history, which started with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik in 1957. The third gallery is Pioneers, which pays homage to the rocket scientists and engineers of NASA. The fourth gallery Endurance (below) delves into the hardships of an astronaut’s life (hint: gravity always wins). The final gallery Innovation comes back to the core of space voyages: new ideas and technologies.

Space suits in Endurance gallery

Space suits in Endurance gallery

One of the many highlights of the exhibition is a full scale reconstruction of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle, where space crews spend their time in space. Visitors will be able to view the flight deck and experience the life of an astronaut, vicariously of course.

Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter access hatch (L)and Apollo Lunar Module crew cabin (R)

Spacecraft Lunar Module Adapter access hatch (L) and Apollo Lunar Module crew cabin (R)

The ArtScience Museum has also specially commissioned a project from Indonesian artist Venza Christ, titled Indonesia Space Science Society. Featuring a three-meter long sculpture and soundtracks of radio waves from space, the mixed-media installation offers an out-of-this-world experience for the senses.

Indonesia Space Science Society

Indonesia Space Science Society

Other highlights include a 2G force experience with the G-Force Astronaut Trainer ride, a Jupiter nose cone recovered from the ocean, and film shots from Apollo 8, 12 and 17 voyages.

Gemini spacecraft

Gemini spacecraft

“This is truly a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the spacecraft, rockets and technology that changed history and our understanding of our universe. NASA – A Human Adventure is a blockbuster exhibition that brings visitors on an extraordinary journey through 100 years of human space adventure.” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. “To anyone who has ever dreamed of Mars, this season is for you.”