The Lunar Museum of Fresnedillas de la Oliva has premiered its new exhibition on a scale model of the Gateway Space Station, the first station in orbit around the Moon.
It is a fundamental component of the Artemis program, born from an international collaboration led by NASA, and will play a crucial role in the future of space exploration. The Gateway will serve as a refuge and will have the necessary technology to provide a workspace for astronauts who, among other missions, will return to the lunar surface or travel to Mars in the coming years. It will consist of various modules with different functions: the first two to be sent and operational will be the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), with the possibility of attaching additional elements later.
Recently, in the December number of the Astronomy magazine, an article has been published that reviews the history of space, from the early observations of the Moon, the origin of telescopes, or the Apollo missions, and emphasizes the development of the Gateway and its various modules. With the Artemis mission, a milestone is expected that is mobilizing all space agencies, leading to a new space race over the next decade.
Cover of the December 2023 number of the Astronomy magazine.
A meticulously designed 1:20 scale model, created by the SpaceRobotics.EU team, is already at the lunar museum to bring this reality closer to the public. Thanks to it, attendees can visualize and better understand the future of space exploration. The exhibition also includes a detailed model of the Orion spacecraft, which will serve as the vehicle for astronauts in upcoming Artemis program missions. As a complement, small videos of the interior and exterior of the lunar Space Station, created in Spain by the SpaceRobotics.EU team for the virtual reality experience, are also included. Additionally, visitors can explore a scale model exhibition of key rockets in space history, including the Falcon Heavy, which will be responsible for carrying the Gateway into space.
1:20 scale model of the Orion spacecraft at the Lunar Museum of Fresnedillas de la Oliva.
Those who are interested can request multimedia videos to enhance the learning experience and delve into scientific and technological details. They can also purchase any pre-designed or customized model, all through the contact form available at www.spaceshop.store.
The Lunar Museum offers this unique opportunity because we want to bring the excitement and wonders of space closer to our visitors, seeing the Gateway Space Station as a testament to international collaboration and the future of lunar and space exploration. We are confident that the new exhibition will light up the curiosity and scientific interests of the younger audience, who may become part of this history in the coming years.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday with guided tours and school workshops, and during the weekend for the public. Come and visit them!
Scale model exhibition at the Lunar Museum of Fresnedillas de la Oliva: the Orion spacecraft and the Gateway Space Station.