Exhibition: NASA - A Human Adventure
Story by: Cristal Faith Lim
Photos by: Yasivini Raveendra
Ever fantasised about going to space? How about wanting to be an astronaut when you grew up? Now, with NASA - A Human Adventure at the ArtScience Museum, you can make the most of your dreams. The exhibition will run from now till 19 March 2017.
The exhibition features five galleries - ‘Dreamers’, ‘Go Fever’, ‘Pioneers’, ‘Endurance’ and ‘Innovation’. Throughout these five galleries, each gallery provides guests with different experiences. Guests will be able to view and learn about the different aspects of how space came to be.
As soon as you step into the gallery, you will be greeted by a space-like compartment filled with fantasy-like sounds. The ‘Dreamers’ exhibition brings the guests into a dimension where they learn and understand about various men who dreamt about making travelling to space a reality.
Jukka Nurminen, curator of NASA - A Human Adventure, explains that in the exhibition, there are two panels that show silent movies about these men, and these men “inspired scientists and engineers to come up with theories". Featuring a hallway, split in the colours of red and blue, ‘Go Fever’ takes guests on the journey of the conquest of the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union as a result of the Cold War.
‘Pioneers’ showcases various achievements that will capture your attention for sure. It features a variety of rockets created by NASA scientists and a wall dedicated to the rocket scientists and engineers that made space travel a reality. With the different rocket parts being displayed, detailed explanations are provided to aid guests in the knowledge of the several parts of the rocket.
‘Endurance’, as the name suggests, is all about how the astronauts endure the challenges of space. It allows guests to view what astronauts wear, to what they eat, and the instruments being used in space. This section of the exhibition will also feature the special rovers that the astronauts use on the moon.
In the final gallery, ‘Innovation’ allows guests to explore the new ideas and technology of space, which contributed to the makings of travelling to space. Besides the ‘Innovation’ gallery, there is also an area that showcases the ‘Indonesia Space Science Society’ by Venzha Christ. The installation presents radio waves from space, that are collected through self-made radio antennas.
One thing that Jukka hopes that guests would take away from this exhibition is to “be inspired in your life and to aim high”.