Want to continue the space adventure with your kids? Time for a visit to Cosmodrome @ Genk

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Well, after this and this, I have discovered yet another space related activity for kids in Belgium, particulary in Genk: Cosmodrome. According to De Redactie, “Cosmodrome has opened in the Europlanetarium in the easterly city of Genk (Limburg) in 2010. The Cosmodrome is a dome measuring 250 square metres covered with monitors on the inside. This makes it possible to do 360° projections.

Cosmodrome at Genk, Belgium

Cosmodrome at Genk, Belgium

Two full high definition projectors create a three dimensional experience. The dome will be used to create projections of the heavens showing the different star constellations. Special software will allow visitors to get the impression that they are hurtling through space or are visiting the International Space Station.

Animation films and documentaries will also be projected. The animation films include “The Enchanted Reef” for children and the documentary “Ice Worlds” that focuses on the delicate balance between ice, water and life on earth.

Visitors are seated in the middle of the dome. The dome has a capacity of 100.”

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Ready for the adventure with your kids? Time for a Space Odyssey at Belgium!

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Thanks to a recent article by Emma Beddington at The Bulletin (“A Space Odyssey“), I learned about the European Space Centre at Belgium. A place for the whole family to spend the weekend and explore space related activities and get a taste of the training that astronauts undergo.

European Space Center @ Belgium

And if you are looking to continue the adventure, but in a bigger place, do not forget other options, too. 😉

What to do with your kids on a weekend? Visit the European Astronaut Centre on German Aerospace Day

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There is an excellent opportunity for parents living in Belgium (or anywhere that is not far from Cologne, Germany) that presents itself every two years: German Aerospace Day. The latest event took place last year, and unfortunately our son was just a few months old then. Thus I decided to take a field trip and get familiar with the environment, so that maybe next time (or four years later) I can take him to this wonderfully exciting event in which a child can ask questions directly to the astronauts or walk inside the 1:1 scaled of International Space Station‘s Columbus module. And then maybe go through the initial procedures of applying for being an astronaut. On the more adventurous side, he can join the other children and build rockets, and then test them in real-time 😉 (Well, I’m sure some parents will have at least as much as their children, if not more.)

German Aerospace Day

German Aerospace Day

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Arman smiling

Arman smiling

Days are passing by at an unprecedented speed thanks to our son Arman. My time perception changed quite a bit during the last 20 days. Arman witnessed a historical moment yesterday, when he was about 19 days old. Around 10:30, I downloaded the live groundtrack file from NASA’s Space Shuttle mission pages. Then, I and my wife started to watch the final space shuttle mission (STS-135) via Google Earth. As Arman was resting on the couch in our living room, and the space shuttle was decelerating in an amazing manner, approaching the Earth, flying over the Pacific Ocean, I tried to answer some technical questions of my wife. Then she became curious and wanted to watch the real thing via NASA TV.

Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle

I know that Arman will not remember any of this but I’ll try to help him construct some then-long-gone memories, events that he witnessed unconsciously, namely the end of the glory days of space shuttle era when he was just a newcomer to the Earth. It was also a very nice coincidence that we also watched BBC’s wonderful documentary about the space shuttle era: The Space Shuttle: A Horizon Guide. I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch this very informative and exciting documentary again with Arman when he grows up but it’ll definitely help me to detail the story I’m going to tell.

Some people and publications started to ask whether the space age is over (see The Economist’s ‘Is this the end of the space age?‘) but I think that as long as new babies are born and some of them inherit the wonderful, noble and admirable curiosity of the great minds who initiated the space age, we are going to be surprised by the developments and discoveries that will eventually take place in the context of space-related research. And when that time comes I’ll turn to my son, smile to him and say “hey, didn’t I say so, check out the archives! ;-)”

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