Omni-Theatre, Level 2
Typical time required:
15 - 30 minutes
Neil Armstrong took ‘a giant leap for mankind’ when he took the first step on the moon on 20 July 1969. However, some would say that space exploration began in 1957 when the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into space. Sputnik 1 was the first man-made object to ever leave the Earth’s atmosphere. Since then, there have been many missions to space, exploring and observing the Moon, Mars and other planets.
The Space Science exhibition takes you on a voyage into space, engaging you in a fun and interesting learning journey through our solar system and the many amazing celestial objects making up the universe.
Mission to Mars
Mars Pathfinder touched down on a windswept, rock-laden ancient flood plain of Mars on 4 July 1997. The spacecraft carried a small roving vehicle called Sojourner which roamed the surface of the planet. From its landing till its final transmission on 27 September 1997, Mars Pathfinder returned more than16,500 images from the lander and 550 images from Sojourner, as well as more than 15 chemical analyses of rocks and soil, and extensive data on winds and other weather factors.
The movement of Sojourner was controlled from Earth, which meant that there was a time delay before the instruction reached the rover. Try your hand in navigating Sojourner on the surface of Mars.
A telescope is an optical instrument used to make distant objects appear larger. The invention of the telescope was important in helping us study the stars in the sky.
A simple telescope can be made from two convex lenses; the objective lens and eyepiece lens. The objective lens collects light from a distant object and brings that light or image to a focus. The eyepiece lens takes the light from the focus and magnifies it. Try making your own telescope by experimenting with the lenses provided.
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