Published: 01st December 2017
NASA too far? Head to this new space gallery at the Bengaluru museum
The Space and Technology Gallery at the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum also has several models of satellites launched by India and a replica of the space station at Sriharikota
Wouldn't you like it if Sunita Williams would walk you through the international space station? And, how about taking a selfie with Rakesh Kumar? Yes, all this is now possible at Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum in Bengaluru, a virtual world of space for enthusiasts.
Welcome to a new Gallery on Space and Technology at the Museum. From rockets being launched to the food that our astronauts eat when in space, there is a lot for one to explore here.
Even if you are wanting to peep out of the world, and get a glimpse of what space looks like, here is a chance. A welcome section that explains what ‘space’ is like has a model that would give you a peek-a-boo into the outside world with technology.
From how fuel can propel a rocket to the force that is applied, the introductory section has a lot of physics for one to understand. Complex concepts explained in a simple manner with models that one can operate makes it a fun way to learn.
The gallery houses a replica of the space station at Sriharikota. What more? The museum also has models that explain what goes into the launching of a rocket. The staff of the museum visited Sriharikota to ensure they replicate the station as it is. For visitors, there are two launch pad models on display.
We built all this in-house. What one sees here is what Sriharikota exactly looks like. The working models of the launch pads also show how differently they function
K S Sadhana, Curator
It does not just end with the launch of the rocket. An audiovisual follows that shows how a satellite is placed in its orbit.
Name any satellite that India launched and find the model here. The section for satellites has sized down models of all satellites. A small touch display screen also operable by us provides information about each of them. “We also have a model of ‘Aditya’ a satellite intended to be sent to the sun,” says Sadhana as she walks us through the museum.
Want to touch and feel what satellite materials look like? Or wish to see the texture of the metallic cases of rockets? It is possible here. The Indian Space Research Organisation has donated to the museum, the original Heat Shielf of SLV-3 and also its motor case. “These were designed by APJ Abdul Kalam. He was the project director for this. Hence, we also have a model that pays tribute to him,” says the curator.
What else to can you find here ?
* Models demonstrating the working of the GPS
* Satellites and its uses
* A model on Mars Orbiter Mission
* Suit, shoes and food that astronauts need when in space