Sunday, May 29, 2016

NASA Exhibit in Taiwan - A Human Adventure - National Taiwan Science Education Center (國立臺灣科學教育館) [Taiwan Day 1001: 3...2...1... Blast Off! - May 28, 2016]



Ever wondered of going to space? NASA's “A Human Adventure” exhibit would give you the opportunity to fly out of Earth to the limits of your imagination. After enjoying my adventure in Taipei 101, I boarded my “Space Shuttle Formosa” and then went to MRT Taipei City Hall Station to meet two aspiring astronauts. They were Robert and Evan and both were Filipinos. Once inside my spaceship I told them to wear their spacesuits and fasten their seatbelts because their Captain Luo-Mu Jie would take them to the National Taiwan Science Education Center (NTSEC). haha! 





We bought our tickets at the ticket booth located outside the entrance of the museum building. The cost was NTD 380 and it was a bit expensive. But you won't get disappointed once you enter inside. Things used during the different moon missions were displayed at the exhibition floor. Some were just replicas but at least you would have an idea on how far humanity had gone far in terms of space exploration. 

















Don't even think of seeing text displays made up of cartolina. This exhibit was brought by NASA to Taiwan and I was surprised to see LED displays. The explanations were both in Chinese and in English and it was all possible because the organizers can always program the text to display. The LED display beside the Saturn-V rocket made it more helpful to study its parts. This rocket was the one used to carry the Apollo spacecraft to the moon.










For fans of the movie “E.T.” or “My Love From the Star” if you're a K-drama addict, you might get interested at the science fiction area of the NASA Exhibit. It was actually the first big gallery that you would see upon passing by the spacesuit at the entrance. The lighting was dark here and you would feel that you were just dreaming. Authors, directors and personalities about movies related to space travel were featured here. Enjoy the video clips but don't think too much or else a Martian might appear in your dream tonight.








Russia's achievement would never be forgotten and their pioneering achievements like the launch of Sputnik during the Cold War was also displayed in the exhibit. Who would ever forget the first man in space? Yuri Gagarin – he was my idol. Imagine floating in space and seeing the whole world below. I also wanted to do the same. Who knows that someday I would be onboard a space rocket and going to fly in the air. I would watch my beloved Taiwan from the sky if that ever happens. 









 inside G-Force (Part 1)

inside G-Force (Part 2)

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? The exhibit had an exciting attraction. It was the G-Force Astronaut trainer and for a speed of g1 one can experience the hard training that every space adventurer would have to endure just to reach the stars. You would spin not at the training level of the real astronauts but a rate of 9.8 meters per second squared or Earth’s gravity. I paid NTD 200 to experience the ride and I felt that I was like inside a giant centrifuge. Someone would give you instructions first before the machine would start. There was an also an emergency button to press inside in case there was an emergency so don't worry. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!







Formosat area




inside a space shuttle

cosmosphere



The last day of the NASA Exhibit would be on Sept. 18 and if you decide to visit NTSEC don’t be shy to tell me. Send me your GPS coordinates and my spaceship on autopilot mode would arrive at your house. Your destination: Taiwan. Don’t forget to wear your spacesuits and fasten your seatbelts. I would be watching remotely from the command center and listen as I do the countdown. 3...2…1… Blast off!
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