Breaking News! The Solar System Comes to Hangzhou

Do you remember the Cassini, the pioneer of spacecrafts, which first explored planet Saturn then sent its spectacular images to earth? On October 15th, 1997, the Cassini was sent to space and took seven years to finally reach Saturn. After thirteen years’ travelling around Saturn, it recently executed its last instruction of its 20 years’ service: self-burning.

Space is so vast, and the process of the exploration is so complex that you may be intrigued to learn more. Now, there is an excellent opportunity for you in Hangzhou to do just that.

On January 20th, the great exhibition ‘Neighborhood Earth’ , which was co-developed by the US Space & Rocket Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Marshall Space Center, will be on view in Longhu Hangzhou Binjiang Tianjie, which is the second station in China after Shanghai.

360°Star Cinema leaves you in the analogic solar system

Have you ever imagined being in space where the earth and the nine planets quickly change before you? Now this imagination can become a reality with the 360° Star Cinema of Hangzhou, which covers an area of nearly 400 square meters, twice the size of the one in Shanghai, and completely immerses you in our mysterious universe. Lasting for 30 minutes, you will be transported from the earth to the solar system, which is three million kilometers away from us.

The images, taken by the NASA solar dynamic observatory, aircrafts and probes of the planets, are projected by 26 ultra HD machines to a 360°cylindrical screen and a 2.6-meter global curtain, making the universe appear more real in a closer range.

Amazing! Here are the highly simulated spacesuits, space stations and aerospace machines

You may have heard about the Cassini or Hubble Telescope, but do you really know what it looks like? In the exhibition, there are old spacesuits and some accurate simulation models and replicas.

Though it is a model, it is not simple and has some interactive elements for the experience. For example, the drawer of the model is real and can open, the laptop is the same as the astronauts use, and the lights in the vegetable cultivation class are also restored as far as possible. Besides, there is a live studio where, if lucky enough, you can see the live videos of the lives of astronauts working in the space station and the situation of the universe through the connection of the satellite.

Educational! Nine holographic education channels and seven interactive experience equipment are set for children

Here are nine holographic projection machines, each of which represents a planet in the solar system. By touching the screen of the machines, you can comprehensively observe the planet in the holographic projection on the top of the machine. This is a fun way for children to gain information about the universe.

The exhibition can also inspire children’s imagination and creativity. For example, the Mars colony, made with a 3D printer, can enable children to create their own tribe in the fictitious Mars. Most notably, there is an AR interaction provided for you to experience the lives of the astronauts.

There are many other highlights and ways in which to record the experience, such as the family spacesuits available for photo-shoots, and the related commerce for sale and so on.

Some tips for the exhibition:

The exhibition is open until April 8th except on Mondays.

→ Tickets cost 60 RMB on weekdays and 98 RMB on weekends. The exhibition provides a ticket of 120 RMB which covers all exhibitions, and a family ticket of 168 RMB for two people and 238 RMB for three.

Please note if you take your children the light in the room is low.

There are two guides provided, one is available through members of staff and the other is available through Wechat.

Try to avoid seeing the exhibition on weekends as at the last exhibition in Shanghai, people queued up for more than one hour on weekends.