NASA space object exhibition to land in Taiwan next year

Staff writer, with CNA

Thu, Sep 17, 2015 - Page 5

NASA’s “A Human Adventure” exhibition is coming to Taiwan in May next year, featuring 300 space objects, including moon landers and equipment used in the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, its Taiwanese event organizer said.

Since 2012, NASA has held the exhibition in Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands, Japan, Thailand and Sweden, and plans a display in South Korea from Dec. 5 to Feb. 14 next year.

Taiwan is the eighth stop of the exhibition around the world and the fourth in Asia. The show is expected to be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall from May 30 to Sept. 30 next year, according to Jades Integrate Co, which is organizing the Taiwanese leg of the exhibition.

Among the 300 items on display are the flight controller, rocket and lunar rover used for the Apollo moon landing missions, the company said.

The exhibition will also showcase astronaut suits, simulated sleeping compartments, bathing equipment, as well as food for the missions, including hamburger buns, compressed cheese cracker cubes and Italian mixed vegetables.

Among the most remarkable items will be diaper products astronauts use in space, the company said. Since astronauts cannot simply drop their spacesuit and go, they typically use a superabsorbent adult diaper that can hold up to a quart (946g) of liquid.

Taiwan has contributed a great deal to NASA’s space program, the company said, adding that Taiwan’s National Space Organization cooperates with the US space organization, though the scope of the cooperation has not been well-known in recent years because of complicated international political factors.

As part of the NASA exhibition next year, a special exhibition is to be held simultaneously at the National Taiwan Science Education Center in Taipei to commemorate Taiwan’s technological contributions to international space exploration, the company said.