Time for NASA - A Human Adventure exhibition to take off

19 September 2019

Queensland Museum’s largest exhibition NASA - A Human Adventure has been cleared for take-off as the countdown to its final days begin with doors closing on Wednesday 9 October.

NASA – A Human Adventure is the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world featuring an extraordinary collection of more than 250 historically significant artefacts from the United States and Soviet Union space programs.

Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts and Leeanne Enoch said the thrill of space exploration continued to capture people’s imaginations.

“Since opening in March more than 200,000 visitors have enjoyed learning about the race to space,” Minister Enoch said.

“The exhibition is an example of some of humankind’s greatest achievements, with captivating stories and displays of engineering masterpieces that have changed the way we view the world.

“This is the first exhibition to be held in the Queensland Museum’s newly refurbished space, following a $3.25 million investment from the Queensland Government, and we look forward to many more.”

Queensland Museum Network CEO Dr Jim Thompson said the exhibition is the largest ever hosted by Queensland Museum and is proving to be one of the most popular.

“Queensland Museum is the only Australian host of this exhibition, which is a huge coup for us, and the only place to see seven astronauts suits together,” Dr Thompson said.

“With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the "giant leap", when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, the timing of this exhibition couldn't be better.

“To make the most of the last days the exhibition will be open until 8pm every night starting from Monday 30 September until Tuesday 8 October, so I encourage everyone to jump online and book tickets before it leaves Brisbane.”

Highlights of NASA – A Human Adventure include several space-flown and Moon landed items, real rocket engines, a remarkable collection of space suits, and several full scale replicas including the front section of NASA’s iconic Space Shuttle, Atlantis, Lunar Rover, Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space crafts and Soviet robotic lunar rover Lunokhod.

The exhibition will take visitors on the story of space travel starting with the dreamers who ignited a passion for travel to the stars, to the brilliant pioneers who took the first brave steps to make trips into space a reality.

Visitors can see all of their incredible inventions, how the technology developed and marvel at the brave astronauts who risked their lives on dangerous missions.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said she was ‘over the moon’ at the success of the exhibition in delivering results for Queensland’s tourism industry.

“This exhibition attracted 50,000 visitors in its first month alone, demonstrating the strong pull of world-class events for our state,” Ms Jones said.

“The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is committed to supporting events because they attract visitors which supports local jobs in tourism.

NASA – A Human Adventure will be open until 8pm commencing Monday 30 September until – Tuesday 8 October.

LAST DAY is Wednesday 9 October 2019 with doors closing at 5pm.

Tickets now on sale at www.qm.qld.gov.au

Exhibition partners include Tourism Events Queensland and Channel Nine.

Media Enquiries:

media@qm.qld.gov.au

Christine Robertson 0417 741 710 or Kylie Hay 0434 565 852