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Today astronauts Tim Peake and Tim Kopra wowed hundreds of school children with tales from the International Space Station (ISS) on the same day the European Space Agency (ESA) attempted to land the Schiaparelli module on Mars. The ISS crewmates came to the Science Museum as part of the Principia UK post-flight tour, which has seen them visit seven cities across Britain including all four UK capitals and Manchester, where they touched down at our sister museum, the Museum of Science […]

Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’ aircraft, built to compete in Daniel Guggenheim’s Safe Aircraft Competition, 1929.

Hanging at the centre of Mathematics: The Winton Gallery is the Handley Page ‘Gugnunc’, an experimental aeroplane built in 1929. Curator David Rooney explores the story of this eloquent, striking and powerful embodiment of the mathematics of risk.

Part of the Lunar Lander is moved through the Museum. © Science Museum / Visitlondon.com and London & Partners

For the last two years my job has been to work out how to transport rocket engines, gigantic spacecraft and 150 other incredible artefacts from Moscow to London and into the Cosmonauts exhibition. We are borrowing artefacts of all shapes and sizes – from small pencil drawings of early twentieth century rocket designs to Vostok 6, the full-size spacecraft that transported the first women into space in 1963 – from museums, private individuals and even the Russian Space Agency. We […]

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