Cité de l´espace Toulouse

Recently I have visited the Cité de l´espace in Toulouse. This is not the Kennedy Space Center (https://hvossgaia.wordpress.com/kennedy-space-center/) but it is is the best space museum in Europe that I know. Have look at the image collection below and you will be impressed, too.  A really can recommend a visit there. If you are there please take a full day for the visit. You will need it. And now enjoy!

Some images giving on overview about the external part of the exhibition:

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The MIR space station model:

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The node of the core module. You can clearly see the docking ring and one of the cranes that was used to move a module from one docking point to another one. Antenna and docking targets are also visible.

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A view from below towards the Kristall module. A lot of fuel tanks and science instruments are visible. It is amazing how detailed this model is.

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The Kwant module with the docking ring in the center. Again mainy details can be seen!

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Thrusters and radiators of the Kristall module.

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Entering the MIR core module.

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The main room of the MIR module with the computers.

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The Soyuz capsule experience:

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The 1:1 Soyuz ship model. Could it be docked with the MIR? 😉

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Fit check in the Soyuz capsule. Much more room than in the Mercury capsule at the Kennedy Space Center (https://hvossgaia.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/dscf2145.jpg). 😉

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… trying to avoid to hit something with my rain detector. 😉

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The capsule looks smaller from the outside than from the inside.

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Yes, three persons fit in – not taller than 1.8m.

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Another view from the inside …

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Having fun …

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… being well monitored …

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The iconic Ariane 5 model:

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The iconic 1:1 Ariane 5 model. It is more than 50m tall. Enjoy the following images …

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Some is looking curiously into the engine of the core stage …

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… and finally with the umbilical tower. Could I launch this one – yes – I can . But the problems start when it falls back to Earth … 😉

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More interesting things:

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The payload fairing model of a Ariane 1. The upper satellite can easily be identified as a Meteosat.

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The 1:1 XMM Newton X-ray telescope. Nice model!

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… as an astrophysicist I had to take a selfie … 😉

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The ERS-2 Earth observation satellite.

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… someone is doing a Moon walk …

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The lander of Rosetta. We hope for a big show in November and keep the fingers crossed.

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MSL Curiosity is missing some wheels. Some of its cameras were built in Toulouse we learned.

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The Rosetta orbiter

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This is SOHO, the Solar observatory, right?

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The launchers that are not launching from Kourou anymore …

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… but these do …

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A Russian/Soviet space suit for EVAs.

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Looking into a Meteosat Imager. Instruments like this one are taking images for the weather report shown in the daily TV news.

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An EVA suit as worn during the final Apolli mission.

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A Russian suit for the Soyuz capsule as worn by a French astronaut.

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… and a model rocket launch … The kids love it. And older kids may love launches with real solid fuel motors … See the page “Scale model rocketry” if you are interested in more details about it.

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Mmhhhh! Lecker! 😉

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Vulcain 1 – an early version of the engine for the Ariane 5 core stage.

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The Rosetta lander

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The entire SOHO model

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ISS modules

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