December 30, 2014
When you look to the night’s sky does your imagination take you ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’ or is Star Trek as alien to you as reading is to an ant?
If like me you have looked to the heavens and wondered what it is like to backpack to the stars then the NASA exhibition in Bangkok may well be the place to start the journey. While it cannot claim to be as Neil Armstrong once so famously said when on the 20th July 1969, he became the first man to set foot on the moon; “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“ it does have an array of things to see and do. This world class exhibition aptly titled and produced by NASA as ‘A Human Adventure’ runs from 1st December 2014 to 1st February 2015 and is stationed at the BCC Hall, Central Plaza Lardprao.
The Bangkok Convention Centre plays host to more than 400 original NASA items from its early beginnings to the present day, including life-size replicas of satellites, space cars, rockets, space suits and so many other artefacts which allowed mankind to reach for the stars.
The exhibition is conveniently divided into 4 different zones.
- Space technology
- Space Café
This section houses such items as replicas of NASA’s space crafts including those from the Apollo and Gemini missions, space robotics, space suits (including the same type of suit worn by Neil Armstrong and the crew of Gemini 8, the important if unappetising looking space cuisine along with other equally important (if not so grand) electronic and mechanical devices used in space.
As you may have guessed in the rides zone, you get the chance to get closer to some of the exhibition goodies and climb aboard the many different and unique kind of rides, such as the teeth clenching G Force Simulator where you get the chance to feel 1G force (Astronauts normally experience a maximum g-force of around 3gs during a rocket launch) along with the less hair raising but spectacular 360 degree ‘Globe’ round screen displaying our solar system in all its glory. It is here at the Photo Activity Club visitors get the chance to have their own selfies wearing the space suit. (Well almost wearing a suit)
Just as it states this is where you get to buy that must have trinket related to space exploration including models of space craft, flight jackets, pens, key chains etc.
Wrong this section has little to nothing to do with food. The Space Café is divided into 7 different zones and it is within these zones you find out about the history of space technology from the building of first rocket, innovations of space vehicles and how astronaut manage to live in space.
Each of the 4 sections feature the stories of key figures in the development of modern space exploration through the use of replicas, models, real objects and interactive audio-visuals.
NASA – A Human Adventure Exhibition while it is not the ‘Final Frontier’ (I promise this is the last reference to Star Track) the whole exhibition is designed to be both entertaining and informative and it achieves both in spades.
Opening Times: Open every day from 10:00 to 20:00.
500 Baht weekend & Public Holiday for adult
400 Baht weekday for adult
350 Baht weekend & Public Holiday
250 Baht weekday