Queensland Museum has kicked off the world’s “most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition”, NASA – A Human Adventure, which runs until early October.
It is the first exhibition to be hosted in Queensland Museum's newly refurbished space, which was built thanks to a $3.25 million investment from the Queensland government.
“I am over the moon to have this exhibition now ready to open at Queensland Museum at the same time as we are celebrating World Science Festival across the state,” Minister for the Arts and Minister for Science Leeanne Enoch said.
“Queensland will be the only Australian host of NASA – A Human Adventure during the 2019 year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
“With more than 250 items on display, including original space-flown objects, this exhibition will definitely delight every space enthusiast.”
NASA - A Human Adventure recounts the history of rocket science and space flight through an "exciting array of objects", including "awe-inspiring" full-sized and scaled replicas.
The exhibition is spread over two levels of the Queensland Museum, making it the largest spectacle hosted there.
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said securing NASA – A Human Adventure in Brisbane was "proof of Brisbane’s growing reputation as a world-class event host".
"The Palaszczuk government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, supports events because they mean jobs in the tourism sector,” Minister Jones said.
“To have NASA – A Human Adventure here in Brisbane is a real coup for Queensland.
“Exhibits like this excite space enthusiasts the world over so we know this initiative will be a boon for our tourism industry.”
The exhibition is highlighted by features such as space-flown items, rocket engines, collections of space suits and full-scale replicas of NASA’s Space Shuttle, Lunar Rover, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space crafts and Soviet robotic lunar rover Lunokhod.
“The opening of NASA – A Human Adventure represents a number of milestones for Queensland Museum, not only are we hosting our largest exhibition, but we have just officially launched our new 1,000-square-metre exhibition space, which will allow the museum to host similar world-class exhibits in the future,” Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said.
“After a year of redevelopment, we now have all levels of the museum operating and ready for the opening of World Science Festival Brisbane next week.”
Further information on NASA - A Human Adventure can be found here.
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