Back to the Moon: For Good
Recall the history of Moon exploration and find out about the competition that has inspired international teams to build spacecraft to try and win a share of Google's $40 million prize fund.
The show opens with the first era of space exploration in the late 1960s and early 1970s, recapping what that era of landers and orbiters taught us about our nearest neighbour including the discovery of the Moon’s origin, composition, structure and the accessibility of raw materials on its surface.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is introduced as the largest incentivised competition to date, designed to democratise space and create new opportunities for eventual human and robotic presence on the Moon. We see the engineering and innovation steps taken by the internationally distributed teams competing to land a spacecraft on the Moon and vie for additional prizes.
The show highlights the human spirit of competition and collaboration as teams take on this audacious challenge. Who will win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE? The audience is taken through a successful launch, landing and lunar surface travel. The show ends with a stunning glimpse of a plausible scenario for our future on the Moon.
Standard rate of £5, or just £2.80 if also buying entry to the hands-on exhibition.
Chatterbox Show (talking allowed)
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Visual warning: as with all planetarium shows, this show includes large moving images which may affect people with photosensitive epilepsy, balance disorders and/or extreme motion sickness.