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The Milky Way connects dots on Space Exhibition

Date Posted: 2011-12-09

ĎSpace: The Final Frontierí is more than the theme of a popular television program; itís the topic of The Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museumís latest offering to the Okinawa public.

The Space Exhibition is more than meteorites, posters and charts, as the exhibits lead visitors in the advances of science and technology, explaining how Japanese research is at the forefront of discoveries and tracking of meteorites, minor planets and planets, the Sun, the milky Way and the very structure of outer space. It accents the forward thinking and teaching, such as a high school student who discovered a new maser heavenly body by radio telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory VERA Ishigaki Observation Bureau.

The Space Exhibition is designed to introduce visitors to space research both in Japan and overseas, with the hopes it will span interest to learn more about the heavens. Itís an exhibition both for adults and kids, with opportunities to examine firsthand a Soyuz spacecraft thatís orbited the earth, and handle meteorites.

Included in the Space Exhibition, which runs through December 28th, are meteorites from both Mars and the Moon, opportunities to study image panels of the stars and the Milky Way, explanations of space research, celestial globes and telescopes, and of course, the intricacies of Soviet space suits, space foods and a spacecraft. The Okinawa Prefecture Museum and Art Museum is open daily except Mondays, 9 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. , with last entry 30 minutes before closing. Admission is •800 for adults, •500 for university and high school students, and •300 for elementary and junior high school students.

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