Mission Control needs you

Who wants to be an astronaut? Space is really big and this mission will take you all around it. We're going deep inside the galaxy just like space engineers and astronauts do. Let's help Mission Control blast off together.

Explorer:Space is down on the lower floor and it's filled with fantastic things to see and do. There are exhibits for meteorites and stardust fact finding. Learn about robots and coding. You can even find out what atmospheric pressure does when you blast off into space.

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Interactive science exhibition photo showing two children in orange space suits and caps standing with their arms outstretched in front of a heat sensor screen
Interactive science exhibition photo showing the Gravity Well exhibit

Let's explore the Gravity Well

Ready to bring the gravity well of the Solar System to life? Grab your spaceships everyone. Let's shoot them up into space and see where they land. Let's have a challenge and see whose spaceship lands on a planet first. Who's blasting off next?

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Let's explore Heat Proof

You can feel heat but can you see it? You can with Heat Proof. Discover how heat gives off infrared light that makes amazing colours on the heat wall. You can even make heat and write your name on the floor with it. It's like magic!

Accessibility info

Accessibility information for Explorer:Space

The whole area is accessible for everyone to enjoy. You can have great fun using your senses – all the activities are low down so you can reach them easily. You can touch things and feel them. You can see them and listen to all the noises they make. You can book special sensory backpacks and wheelchairs if you need them too. Ask us for a sensory map to find out where the smelly, dark and loud areas are. If you need to borrow ear defenders, they're in the welcome area, Bio:Space, Science Theatre and Science Live. Down here in the lower floor it's quite dark so your eyes might need a while to get used to it.

If you want to have some quiet time, this is the perfect place. The Recombobulation Room is on the lower floor near to Explorer:Space. It's calm and empty and it's quiet. Just take a seat on the floor and watch the clouds floating on the ceiling.

Need anything to make your day easier? Just ask us, we're here to help.

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