NASA – A Human Adventure lands at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum
Experience forces of up to 2G with G-Force simulator; listen to the sound of space and envision life beyond Earth
SINGAPORE: From 19 November, visitors to ArtScience Museum will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Singapore’s largest space flight exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure. The exhibition launches the Art and Science of Space season, a series of unique workshops, screenings, performances and other programmes, which will extend well into 2017.
NASA – A Human Adventure brings visitors on an enthralling journey into the world of space exploration, which encompasses the world’s most significant accomplishments in space technology. In five galleries, over 200 historically significant artefacts are on show, including many items which have flown in space.
One of the centrepieces of NASA – A Human Adventure is a full scale construction of the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle. The massive exhibit enables visitors to see the flight deck, where astronauts fly the orbiter during actual launch and landings, and the mid-deck, where shuttle crew eat, sleep and work on experiments. The Space Shuttle was the world’s first reusable spacecraft for transporting cargo to space and back.
The exhibition also includes a new project commissioned by ArtScience Museum titled, Indonesia Space Science Society, by Indonesian artist, Venzha Christ. Working with scientists and engineers in Indonesia, Christ established Indonesia Space Science Society as a framework for the exploration of space from a different perspective.
Visitors can look forward to some of the most extraordinary innovations developed by NASA over the past decades.
“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, starting with the dreams of artists and writers, and culminating with engineering marvels that changed the world.
“The inclusion of Indonesia Space Science Society by Venzha Christ underscores our commitment to showcasing South East Asian approaches to space exploration. We will also introduce pioneers of the space industry from Singapore, Malaysia and around the region, through our programmes, beginning with the Dream Space conference on 19 November.
“Through this exhibition as well as The Art and Science of Space season, we will show that space is a topic that touches all of us. To anyone who has ever dreamed of the stars, this season is for you,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands.
“We are excited to welcome the public to NASA – A Human Adventure at ArtScience Museum. This exhibition has something for everybody. We hope that after visiting the exhibition, visitors will be inspired to continue to explore the world and what lies beyond. The exhibition shows that with determination, courage and the spirit of adventure, we can achieve the impossible,” added Mr. Jukka Nurminen, Director and CEO of John Nurminen Events B.V., the producer and exhibition curator of NASA – A Human Adventure.
Other Key Highlights
Beyond revelling in the breakthroughs achieved by scientists and astronauts, visitors will also have the opportunity to embark on a simulated flight of the 1961 Mercury Liberty Bell 7 with astronaut and test pilot, Gus Grissom.
The G-Force Astronaut Trainer ride will take visitors on a short but adrenaline-pumping ride as they withstand forces of up to 2G. Each ride can accommodate up to four guests. Visitors to the exhibition can purchase tickets for the G-Force simulator, each ticket is priced at S$6 (Mon – Thu) and S$9 (Fri – Sun).
Also on show in the exhibition is a Jupiter nose cone that was launched into space and later recovered from sea. The experimental nose cone has a covering which was developed to protect the nose from the tremendous heat generated during re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere, where temperatures could climb in excess of 1,000°C. These nose cones were key milestones in developing future re-entry vehicles that enabled manned space flights.
The exhibition also presents film shot by Apollo astronauts. From 1938 to 1972, NASA utilised Swedish-made Hasselblad cameras for its lunar operations. The astronauts left the cameras and lenses behind on the Moon upon departure to save weight. Only the film magazines returned, including three from Apollo 8, 12 and 17 programmes which will be exhibited at NASA – A Human Adventure.
One of the displayed film magazines was autographed and used by Eugene Andrew “Gene” Cernan, Commander of Apollo 17, on the last moon landing mission on December 1972.