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Step inside and get up close with the artifacts of space exploration in a quest to understand the solar system at the Neighbourhood Earth Interactive Space Exhibition at Queens Plaza from 5 November 2022 until 5 February 2023 .

Astronomers have watched it, scientists have researched it, and musicians have sung about it. We have long been fascinated and curious about the solar system and the endless possibilities and questions of what lies and exists in the vast, black void of outer space.

And now is your chance to have some of those questions answered or maybe even raise more as the experiential, interactive Neighbourhood Earth Exhibition Interactive Space Exploration Exhibition comes to South East Queensland.

Neighbourhood Earth, which has toured major cities around the world, including Sydney and Melbourne, has some pretty heavy-weight scientific minds behind it having been developed with the help of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Space and Rocket Center. So, you know that the experts are on board to create an authentic, realistic and science-driven experience.

What Will I See at the Exhibition?

Space Cinema Experience

The exhibit begins by inviting visitors to take a seat and watch an 18-minute video utilising 14 massive screens, 8.1 surround sound, and a giant projection-mapped dome, exploring the solar system and space exploration in a massive sensory experience.

This sets the scene and provides the context and valuable information for the rest of the exhibition.

Interactive Exhibits

After the film, visitors can wander through a range of interactive exhibits. The recreation of a section of the International Space Station allows visitors to step inside and imagine what it must be like on board the largest modular space station currently in low Earth orbit.

There's even an installation showing what plants grow in space.

The Forces of Gravity exhibit is a site where you can learn what 4.5 kilograms feels like on another planet. Think Jupiter, Pluto and Mars and weigh your own body weight to test the difference.

Space Travel Artefacts and Equipment

One of my favourite pieces was the Anatomy of the Space Suit exhibit to protect the astronauts on their missions. The bulk, layering (which can be up to 16 layers) and padding of the suit, the size and seeming weight of the helmet were so much larger than I expected.

The Hubble Space Telescope which is used to explore the universe in visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, is also on display. The telescope from NASA has studied more than 40,000 cosmic objects, and provided sensational views of the solar system which astronomers were unable to capture from the ground.

The models of space craft are highly detailed and realistic to show the complexity of the design of these incredible scientific pieces of machinery and equipment.

Photo Opportunities

Don't forget to take an Insta-worthy photo of your visit to share the memory with friends, family and followers.

Overall, the exhibition was educational, entertaining and engaging. It provides important and interesting scientific facts and information in a fun way that attracts and keeps the viewer's attention, which makes science fun for kids and intriguing for adults.

The exhibit is filled with fascinating stories, exploratory science, invention and discovery. It invites us to consider possibilities to follow the black depths of the unknown and find our own inner curiosity and spirit of adventure.

Brisbane's Neighbourhood Earth Exhibition will be running for a limited time from 5 November 2022 until 5 February 2023 at the Queens Plaza at 226 Queen Street (next to the Food Court and David Jones on the lower level). The exhibition is open between:

- Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m

- Fridays: 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m

- Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m

- Sundays: 10:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m

Tickets are available online through Feverup

Adult (ages 16 and over) for $29.00 per person

Senior or Student for $22.00 per person

Child (ages 3-15) for $19.50 per person

Family Bundle for $22.00 per person

Group Bundle (min. 10 people) for $25.00 per person

School Group Bundle (min. 15 people) for $15.00 per person

(Note that the exhibit has low light levels)

Don't miss out on an incredible out of this world, planetary experience which is in Brisbane for a limited period. You might even be greeted by an astronaut.

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Why? Experience space exploration and the solar system
When: Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. - Fridays: 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. - Sundays: 10:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m
Where: Queens Plaza 226 Queen Street, Brisbane City
Cost: $15-$29
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I can imagine this would be a fascination for kids and adults alike.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10118) 19 days ago
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