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Title: Satellites
Client: Museon
Location: The Hague, NL
Year: 2011
Size: 100 m2
Subject: The importance of satellites

In this exhibition, you are a visitor to a simulated space station, somewhere between Earth and outer space. A large white ‘space-frame’ is the exhibition’s main attraction. This frame also forms a virtual barrier between the outside and the inside. Visitors look to the outside using different interactive exhibits, either back towards Earth or further out into space.

At these exhibition stations, visitors learn the most important purposes of satellites and what it takes to keep satellites in orbit. Different components can be put into operation, just as with real satellites, and visitors are shown how a satellite works. The exhibition also shows the Ariane launch rocket working and the orbits various satellites end up in.

In a corner is a cupboard inspired by the book ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’. Inside this cupboard is a theatre of moving objects showing the historic road to the first satellite. In an original way, the cupboard talks about the development of rockets, the impact of the V2 in World War II, the Cold War, the space dog ‘Laika’, the famous ‘Explorer’ satellite and a basketball the size of Sputnik.