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Space - A Galaxy Of Adventure Opens At Te Papa

3 December 2004

Space - A Galaxy Of Adventure Opens At Te Papa

Te Papa's latest exhibition Space - A galaxy of adventure opens on 11 December.

This exciting interactive exhibition gives children the chance to experience what it's like out in space. They can land a space shuttle flight simulator, fire a rocket, and even find out how long it would take them to run to the Moon at top speed.

In the theatrette, visitors will see spectacular photographs of Saturn being sent back from the Cassini spacecraft, and take a guided tour of the stars in our summer night sky.

New Zealand's first meteorite to plunge through a house will be on display. Weighing 1.3 kilograms, this is only the ninth meteorite recovered in New Zealand.

The exhibition will also feature New Zealand's experts on space - legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe who navigated the Pacific by the stars; exceptional amateur astronomer Albert Jones; William Pickering, leading scientist in the NASA space programme; and Pauline Harris who loved Star Trek and Dr Who as a child and is now an astrophysicist.

Te Papa is delighted to announce that The Dominion Post will be the exclusive sponsor of Space - A galaxy of adventure.

'The Dominion Post is very excited about our involvement with the new Space exhibition at Te Papa. Space offers our readers, both young and old, the opportunity to see the world from another angle, something we as a newspaper aim to achieve every day,' says Erin Celentano, Marketing Executive, The Dominion Post.

This exhibition was developed by Scitech Discovery Centre, Perth, Western Australia with the assistance of the Carter Observatory, National Observatory of Aotearoa New Zealand.

An events programme complements the exhibition. Refer to Te Papa's website www.tepapa.govt.nz for details.

Space - A galaxy of adventure is open in The TOWER Gallery at Te Papa from 11 December 2004 to 29 March 2005. Admission is $6.50 adults, $5.00 children. Family concessions available.

ENDS


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