The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia presents the new gallery Space. Longed by the public, this new permanent display will allow to discover stories and technologies to explore the Universe. Fascinating original objects, some of which on display for the first time, interactive exhibits and multimedia, detailed focuses and curious facts flank the Moon Rock brought to the Earth by the Apollo 17 mission.
The new gallery has been realized thanks to the contribution of institutional and private partners, among which leading companies of the sector. It is curated by Giovanni Caprara, president of the Italian Space Society, and is realized by the Museum with the contribution of the Scientific Advisory Board.
The display presents more than four centuries of research and technology in astronomy and exploration of the space, from Galileo Galilei to nowadays casting a glance into the future. The public explores two main conceptual areas, i.e. Observing Space from the Earth and Getting into Space, through an interactive and evocative mood.
In the first area the theme Observing Space from the Earth is represented through a focus on the tools and the activities of astronomers in the past and nowadays: observing, measuring, interpreting and representing celestial bodies and the Space.
In the second area, Getting into Space, visitors can discover the technologies that allow to explore Space and to increase our knowledge of the Cosmos and of the Earth, but also to obtain fundamental services we all use every day. The role of the mankind in conquering the Space comes into light: protagonists, objects, dreams and adventures together with the ISS (International Space Station) and the astronauts. And since voyaging into Space is part of the imagination of each of us in all times, a focus is dedicated to literature, cinema and videogames with exclusive contributions.
On the display visitors will appreciate original objects such as two pairs of celestial and terrestrial globes by Coronelli and Moroncelli realized in the XVII century, the Sisson equatorial sector (1744) used for the first studies on Uranus and with which Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli discovered the Esperia asteroid, the San Marco satellite for studying the atmosphere, the Sirio satellite for telecommunication, spacesuits used by American, Soviet and Russian astronauts, and last but not least an original Moon Rock.
Multimedia and interactive exhibits create a personal, emotional experience. High-resolution monitors, interactive touch-screens, proximity detectors, tablet and smartphones allow to create a display where technology is more than a plus, but contributes directly to create the visitors experience. This includes sensational video installations, interactive and multimedia station, tablet station where the youngest can explore the “world of the Space” thank to dedicated applications developed on purpose.