London Science Museum
A night for adults only – EADS supported January’s Lates on Space
EADS and its Division Astrium explored the science of space at the London Science Museum’s January Lates, a night dedicated exclusively to adults. Over 4,600 visitors lifted off for a journey to space in the Museum. Star of the evening was Bridget, Astrium’s Mars Rover vehicle prototype. Feeling at home in the Museum’s Exploring Space Gallery Bridget and the Astrium engineers encouraged the onlookers to try themselves out as space explorers.
Two missions were on hand: the Mars Rover Driving Challenge and the Asteroid Sampling Challenge. Visitors had the opportunity to race a small Mars Rover around a course, overcoming the delayed radio signals to Mars and back to Earth, to top the leader board with the fastest lap. Not an easy mission but one that apparently made a lot of fun as the shouting and cheering of the successful contestants proves. “Grab what you can” was the mission of the Asteroid Sampling Challenge. Astrium space engineers provided the visitors with different designs of robots to pick up a handful of asteroids and bring it back to Earth.
Rounded up with some non-space related fun like the all-time favourite Silent Disco, the EADS supported Space Lates became the most successful to date.
See what went on at the Science Museum Lates!
EADS - the Museum's partner for aerospace
The Science Museum London is the world’s premier museum of science and technology and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors each year. Through the partnership with the museum, EADS supports and presents the achievements of innovation and technology and fosters the interest in aerospace, particularly amongst children and students. Furthermore it underpins EADS’ commitment to the UK and emphasises EADS as the first port of call for aviation, space and defence in the UK.
Amongst the highlights of the partnership that is ongoing since 2006 is the redevelopment of the Space Gallery in 2007 and the special exhibition themed “Does Flying cost the Earth?” in 2008. In 2011, EADS Innovation Works presented during a three-day event the innovative manufacturing process ALM (Additive Layer Manufacturing).