The day humans saw a white rounded object in the night sky, they worked their fingers to the bone to put a human being on its surface. However, their efforts reached their pinnacle when the first human stepped foot on moon, 51 years ago. Since then, we have been exploring splendid astronomical objects, floating around in outer space. Many of these objects are preserved and showcased in various space museums around the globe. If you’re a spaceholic or just like to admire the universe, our ultimate guide is for you. 

We have compiled a list of few remarkable and popular space-themed visiting spots, across the continent of Asia to give you a vibe of space, without leaving earth.

Hong Kong Space Museum

A tour of this planetarium is an experience of a lifetime. Moreover, the museum features a unique egg-shaped dome at the lands of Tsim Sha Tsui, which covers an area of 8,000 square meters, It comprises two parts: the East Wing and West Wing. The East Wing houses the space theatre and the hall of space science; the West Wing is home to a gift shop, lecture hall, and astronomy hall. The planetarium aims to promote astrology and space education, through the latest equipment. It is the first-ever museum to own a fully automated control system. The hemispherical projection, in the theatre, projects 8,000 stars, moon, sun, and five planets onto the screen. The planetarium also exhibits a vast collection of meteorites.

The most fun part of the site is its theatre. We suggest to take a peek into the schedule and then buy the tickets to the show that appeal more to you. Then, you can explore the many amusements the place has to offer, ranging from a no gravity atmosphere to an engaging documentary on the Big Bang Theory. 

Space Museum – Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem Cultural Centre, Kuwait

Head to Sheikh Abdullah al Salem Cultural Center to gain a comprehensive insight into the universe. In addition, it houses four galleries which feature a collection of modern and immersive objects from the space. These galleries emphasize space discoveries and emerging technologies. The museum presents an international space station replica to educate the visitors about space life and issues in scientific development. It is designed to accommodate 130 people, at one time. 

Tsukuba Space Centre, Japan

A fascinating insight into the achievements of Japanese in Science and Technology. The space center portrays remarkable space objects as well as details on the country’s space advancement. Moreover, it is home to JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Just like NASA, it carries out a vast range of aerospace activities, from training astronauts, building satellites to conducting space exploration. All of such JAXA’s accomplishments are proudly presented in a self-explanatory manner. Also, beautifully designed Earth, Asteroid explorer, and satellite models will surely make you leap for joy. 

Lahore PIA Planetarium

Ever heard of the name PIA?

Well, it stands for Pakistan International Airways. The airline is operated and controlled by the Government of Pakistan. 

PIA Planetarium is dedicated to pulling up entertaining shows about the solar system and galaxy. The place makes astronomy lessons fun and exciting. PIA planetarium was inaugurated in Lahore, in 1987. It facilitates a skydome and jet plane which is an ideal place to get some perfect clicks. Moreover, the planetarium is famous for manifesting a show on the domed ceiling about the milky way and the cosmic world. The seats in the cybernetic observatory tilt to create a galactic environment and add fuel to the amusement. The fun doesn’t end here. You can also take a tour inside an iconic plane. 

No doubt, platinum is a great space knowledge hub. However, it’s technology hasn’t been updated since 1987, there is a greater demand for innovative space centers that sensitize astrobiology, among the public. Fortunately, Pakistan is leveraging innovative projections and cutting edge technology to bring space down to the earth. Here is a list of attractions, in the pipeline:

Upcoming Projects

Pakistan’s First Space Museum 

Pakistan’s Scientific Committee of the National Astronomical Observation broke new ground by announcing the launch of the country’s first space museum.  On Friday, 3rd July 2020 Mr Fawad Chaudary,  Federal Minister of Science and Technology, shared a tweet with pictures from a meeting. And revealed that the museum will be completed in the coming six to eight months. The meeting further discussed establishing 5 astronomical observatories, across various cities of Pakistan. In the initial stage, the observatories will be set up in Gwadar and Islamabad. Fawad Chaudary’s tweet stated that the committee has asked provincial governments to take such initiative as well. Also, the proposed museum will include everything from Eid moon sightings to mind-blowing space discoveries. 

Core Objectives

To Promote innovative advancement in space technology.

Break-off Eid moon-sighting issues in Pakistan.

Show stellar discoveries and wonders of the universe.

Set up cybernetic observatories, across the country.

The Space Mall Museum

Nothing is better than a tour to The Space Mall’s museum for hands-on space-related enjoyment. The museum will be divided into two areas: Military Wing and Space Wing. The Military Wing shall exhibit equipment, artefacts, paintings, old tanks, etc to entertain both children and adults; Space Wing is a world of its own. You will get to unravel tons of meteorites, astronomical objects, and mysteries of the last frontier. The space museum pays tribute to the unsung heroes of Pakistan while exploring the wonders of what lies beyond infinity. 

Key Objectives

It introduces a gigantic cabinet, filled with space artefacts. Preserve and display items of scientific importance. Pay homage to the honourable National heroes. Educate and inspire people. Highlight the significance of space technology for sustainable development. 

Wrap Up

The wonders of the beyond are truly breathtaking. We shall come a long way by spreading awareness of the beauty and delight of outer space. Not only at school, but also at places that provide tremendous opportunities to discover several mysteries of the universe. The comprehension of the galaxy yields a modest vision of life. It allows us to look beyond the war of power and devote our time, together, to mend loopholes such as poverty, unemployment, and violence.

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