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Dawn of the Space Age - Royal Observatory


TO MARK the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the first manned mission to land on the Moon on July 16, 1969, the Royal Observatory is presenting Dawn of the Space Age – until September 2, 2010.

For centuries humans have dreamt of conquering space and soaring through the heavens. In the 20th century, scientific and technological advances made the dream come true. On October 4, 1957, a Soviet R-7 missile launched the world’s first artificial satellite into an orbit 150 miles from the Earth’s surface. The launch electrified the world and heralded the World’s race into space.

This new planetarium show traces the excitement and drama of those early days of space exploration. From the launch of the first artificial satellite to the dramatic lunar landings and privately operated space flights, it reveals the history of space travel and the astronauts who took part in these pioneering expeditions.

Highlights include Alexei Leonov’s historic space flight on Voskhod 2, when on March 18, 1965 he became the first person to walk in space. The show takes visitors on a journey to outer space in a digitally-animated spacecraft and onto the International Space Station, the largest artificial satellite in Earth’s orbit. It also looks at the advent of space tourism including SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded human spacecraft.

Dawn of the Space Age is on show in the Peter Harrison Planetarium – now the only live public planetarium in London – equipped with one of the most advanced digital laser projectors in the world. Astronomers working at the Royal Observatory are on hand to answer questions about the heavens after the show.

Tickets: Adults – £7.50, children and concessions – £5, family ticket – £20 (includes one adult plus three children or two adults plus two children).

For more information about planetarium show times or to book visit the Website

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