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CELESTIAL ADVENTURE: Australia in Space exhibition launches at Newcastle Museum

Newcastle Museum will transport visitors to the cosmos this summer with the launch of the interactive exhibition, Australia in Space.

The exhibition, which officially opened today, promises an immersive experience giving locals the chance to explore the Martian surface, step aboard a space station, and even snap a celestial selfie.

At the heart of the exhibition is an array of interactive displays that put visitors in the shoes of astronauts.

You’ll be able to take command of a rover, build your own spacesuit, and discover the challenges of everyday activities like sleeping, washing hair, cooking, and eating in the unique environment of space.

“The exhibition is designed to welcome space enthusiasts and newcomers alike, getting all visitors on board with Australia’s vision for a vibrant and diverse space sector,” City of Newcastle Director Museum, Archive, Libraries and Learning Julie Baird said.

“Free science shows will also run throughout the school holidays to complement the exhibition.

I’d encourage our visitors to make a day or weekend trip to explore Australia in Space as well as Newcastle Museum’s other exhibitions, activities and collections.”

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a virtual telescope connecting visitors to iconic deep space missions. You’ll also be able to collaborate with a friend to manage orbital traffic and tackle space junk in a cooperative computer game based on Australian technology.

Australia in Space opened today at Newcastle Museum and will run until Sunday 10 March 2024. Tickets for this astronomical journey are priced at $15 for adults, $10 for concession card holders, and $7.50 for children aged five to 14. Children under five can enter for free, and families (two adults and two children) can avail themselves of a $40 family pass. To find out more visit