The Manitoba Museum’s Science Gallery’s new exhibit, Living in Space, honours Canadian astronauts and offers Winnipeggers the opportunity to experience their daily activities in space.
“It’s all about the Canadian presence in space, all of our astronauts and the currently ongoing mission of Chris Hadfield going on at the International Space Station,” said Scott Young, spokesperson for the exhibit. “It’s all about what it takes to actually live and work in space.”
The main highlight is a giant Earth sphere, a rotating simulation of what it would look like out the window from the International Space Station. It shows the Earth revolve from day to night and back again faster than the real experience, which would take about 90 minutes from the orbiting station.
“During the night you see all the electricity from the cities, but during the day you don’t see any of the political boundaries or country destinations – it’s one planet,” said Young. “That’s what the astronauts always come back and say. Their perspective is no longer about this country or that republic, it’s all about one planet: the Earth.”
Other highlights include a giant playable guitar, a robotics stimulator, an electric touch table to simulate the experience of eating in space, a space toilet, and unique space artifacts contributed by Canadian astronauts.
The interactive bilingual exhibit was produced by the Canadian Space Agency. It opened on Thursday and will run through 2013 at The Manitoba Museum, taking up about one third of the Science Gallery.
Admission for Living in Space is included in the purchase of a Science Gallery ticket.
Chris Hadfield is the International Space Station’s first-ever Canadian commander. He and his crew blasted off to the International Space Station in a Russian spacecraft on Wednesday morning, where they will orbit for five months and rotate home by March, 2013.