An exhibition from US Space & Rocket Center lands in Shanghai

The exhibition, named Neighborhood Earth, is authorized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Space & Rocket Center. 
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In the panoramic theater, visitors can take a journey to the nine planets in our solar system, setting off from the Earth. 

A NASA-authorized exhibition illustrating past and future explorations of the solar system began in Shanghai's Hongqiao area today.

The exhibition, named Neighborhood Earth, is from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the US Space & Rocket Center. It allows visitors to zoom through the solar system in a 360 degree cinematic experience along with replicas of spacecraft and robotics, according to the organizer.

The exhibition, being held at 869 Shenchang Road in Minhang District, is comprised of a 360 degree hologram theater, a series of NASA spacecraft and probes, seven interactive experience installations, and nine educational hologram kiosks.

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A visitor pulls parcels to feel the gravity differences on planets in our solar system.

In the panoramic theater, visitors will take a journey to the nine planets in the solar system, setting off from the Earth. The theater incorporates a wrap-around screen, a 2.6-meter-tall dome screen, and surround sound to recreate the immersive experience of space.

As a highlight, a reproduction of the International Space Station, representing the real living environment in space, is part of the exhibition. 

Visitors will also be able to watch the universe in real time through a satellite connection, the most distant live streaming ever. 

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The hi-fidelity classic NASA A7LB space suit is on display. It was used for Project Apollo 11 in the 1970s.

Two hi-fidelity historic space suits are on display as well, one being the classic NASA A7LB, which was used for Apollo 11 in the 1970s, and the other is NASA Z-2, which will be used for the forthcoming Mars landing program.

The replicas of 14 space probes are also exhibited, including the Chinese lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit.

The kiosks are educational stations mainly for children that include details of the planets and the robotic equipment that once toured some of the planets.

There are two virtual reality activities: one is "Core Gliding," which allows children to explore the mysterious, innermost part of the Earth; the other is "Milky Way Doodle," where visitors can see their own drawings animated in the universe on the screen.

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Replicas of 14 space probes are exhibited, including the Chinese lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit.

A "space shop" is also open, selling spin-off products including galactic plates, astronaut bedding sets and planet hoodies.

The exhibition is being held through November 26 at the Longfor Shanghai Hongqiao Paradise Walk Shopping Center as part of its worldwide tour after premiering at the US Space & Rocket Center in February this year.

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Replicas of 14 space probes are exhibited, including the Chinese lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit.

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