London- At least once in a lifetime, it has happened to every one of us to look up at the limitless sky and get lost in its endless beauty. In that moment, lots of questions invaded our minds: ‘’Who owns the space?’’, “Can we live in the space’’ or “What really does surround the earth?”. Men, since ancient times, have tried to find answers to these questions.
In the Science Museum of London, in the Space Centre section, you can give a look at what man has been able to do until nowadays.
‘’Who owns the space?’’
Since October 4th 1957, a big conflict for the control of the space has involved United States and Russia. At the beginning, the second one had the absolute supremacy thanks to the launching of the first satellite (‘’Sputnik 1’’) and of the first man, Juri Gagarin, into the space. Then, with ‘’Apollo 11’’ mission, the Americans gained the upper hand by the landing of ‘’Eagle’’ on the Moon .This allowed Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin to do ‘’a small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’’. It is possible to admire the faithful replica of the Russian satellite and the American spacecraft in the Science Museum of London. It is also worth remembering that this Museum has the real Aldrin’s spacesuit.
In the last years, Space exploration has interested also women. In 2005, the Russian born Valentina Vladimirovna Tereskova was the first female astronaut to be sent int the space. Also Italy has achieved this purpose with Samantha Cristoforetti, the first woman who completed 7 months permanence in the space.
Anyhow we mustn’t forget UK’s own commitment on aerospace exploration :in November Tim Peake will be the first English man to be launched .
‘’Can we live in the space?’’
As we can see in the Museum: yes, we can. But it’s not a joke. For example, space food must be light in weight, not take up too much room and remain edible for a long time. Also, you’ll be shocked to know that astronauts have to be strapped in when asleep. Astronauts also need to keep clean but must use far less water than us. You will have the chance to know much more in the museum.
‘’What does really surround the Earth?’’
In the Space section you can also find The Hubble Space Telescope’s reproduction. It is a lost satellite that has captured stunning images of exotic star systems and galaxies far more complex and distant than we’ve never seen before. The beauty of these images has made Hubble famous to millions.
Everyone who wants to visit this incredible section, has to follow simple instructions:
To get there, you can take the District, the Circle and the Piccadilly lines and get off at South Kensington Station.
The Science Museum is free and open from 10 am to 6 pm. The Space section is at the ground floor and the duration of the visit is about 15 minutes.