Celebrate World Space Week visiting 'Zero Gravity' and 'Space Cadet School' in the Science Museum

Oct 4, 2012

On 4 October 1957, Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite
Celebrate World Space Week visiting 'Zero Gravity' and 'Space Cadet School' in the Science Museum

The General Assembly of United Nations declares 4th to 10th October the ' World Space Week' to celebrate each year internationally the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

'World Space Week' is an annual event, observed during the week of 4-10 October.  By Resolution 54/68 of 6 December 1999, the General Assembly proclaimed World Space Week, to celebrate the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition.

The dates recall the launch, on 4 October 1957, of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, and the entry into force, on 10 October 1967, of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

Celebrate the 'World Space Week' visiting the Science Museum!. 'Zero Gravity' is an exhibition where visitors can discover curiosities about the sun and how it affects our life on Earth. They will also discover the purposes and usefulness of large space telescopes, the research teams that operate them and how they get the energy they need to work. It has a room* where moving images of space are projected overhead and shown on the five surfaces covered with mirrors (three walls, the floor and the ceiling), creating a feeling of infinite distances.

In the “Zero Gravity” exhibition you will find spectacular and previously unpublished space images together with a rundown of the current and future space missions of the European Space Agency (ESA) in fields such as observation of the Earth and meteorology, satellite communications and navigation; launchers, manned flights and space laboratories, and the exploration of the solar system and deep space. All this is illustrated with numerous photographs taken by the Hubble space telescope during its 20 years in orbit, which have allowed the capturing, among other things, of impressive images of stars, planets, and galaxies.

Watch video exhibition 'Zero Gravity'

Space Academy and Profesor Bombilla

Space Academy recreates through the movement simulation three stages in the preparation for the space launching until the International Space Station.  Guided by the voice and the image of the Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque, visitors cross the space laboratory, the launching elevator and the airlift that allows the access to the space flight simulator.

And children can travel through the Solar System guided by the Profesor Bombilla (Professor Lightbulb) and his assistant, Sparky. Prepare for training in the "Escuela del cadete del espacio" (Space Cadet School).  Children will be able to travel across the solar system and watch, to human scale, the distances between(among) the planets thanks to this audio-visual spectacle.

Astronomy Garden

The “Garden of Astronomy” is a open-access area within the Umbracle that complements other astronomy-related elements and activities of the City of Arts and Sciences.The science of astronomy is very closely linked to instuments for observing and measuring the sky, some examples of which are included in this unique garden. All of the exhibits,– some of them very well known –have been developed throughout history to help humankind understand the movements of the different objects that we can see in the heavens, especially the sun and the stars.

These inventions (devices) will help you to understand some basic concepts like the apparent movement of the stars; the difference between solar and civil time or between longitude and latitude; when solstices and equinoxes start; what is the solar declination, etc… And we’ll do all of this in a fun and interactive way because there are very few things that excite more our curiosity than observing the sky above.