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Open seven days a week, 10.00-18.00. Entry to the Museum is free.

Exploring Space

From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects. Explore how we’ve sent spacecraft to other planets, walked on the Moon and peered into the heart of our galaxy and beyond.

You’ll be able to see a full-sized replica of ‘Eagle’ – the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969. Then discover how we are able to live in space – to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet.

Get a unique insight into the history of rockets. Suspended from the ceiling are two real space rockets – a British Black Arrow and a United States Scout.

You can also find out how the space age started in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1. See a full-size replica of the Huygens module that landed on Titan in 2005 and a model of the Beagle 2 Mars lander.

Visit this gallery to learn the astonishing story of space exploration.


This gallery is supported by EADS, the British National Space Centre and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Exploring Space

Marvel at rockets, satellites, space probes, landers and more
Floor: G
Open: Permanent
free