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From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects.

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 and see a full-size replica of the Huygens module that landed on Titan in 2005 and a model of the Beagle 2 Mars lander.

Planning a school visit? Find out more information about the gallery for educational groups.

Skylark: Britain’s Pioneering Space Rocket


Skylark Mark II space rocket diagram
Diagram of Skylark Mark II space rocket with annotations, c.1960s. Science Museum Group collection.

In 1957, Britain joined the space race with the launch of its first rocket. Known as Skylark, it was used by scientists to investigate Earth’s upper atmosphere and to carry out cutting-edge space research. A total of 441 launches over a period of 48 years made it one of the longest and most successful rocket programmes in the world.

This small exhibition explores the history behind the rocket—from the scientists and engineers who designed it to the data gathered from its pioneering flights.

Find out more about Skylark daily in the Exploring Space gallery.