Visited by more than four million people in 12 countries in four years, the NASA Space Exhibition has arrived in Turkey, featuring special pieces from outer space and dozens of high-tech space instruments.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has put on display the mysterious dimensions of the universe and some of the remnants of space travel at an Istanbul mall.

Starting from December 8, the exhibition is hosted at the Metropol Istanbul Mall, attracting space enthusiasts and people from diverse backgrounds. The event allows them to closely experience the mysterious dimensions of the universe and space travel.

The event allows them to closely experience the mysterious dimensions of the universe and space travel.
The event allows them to closely experience the mysterious dimensions of the universe and space travel. (İsa Terli / AA)

NASA's Space Exhibition was organized by HUPALUPA, an Istanbul-based tech company.

“NASA, which carries out studies to shed light on the unknown face of space, takes us on an exciting journey with this magnificent exhibition,’’said the company representative Merve Timurlenk Sengul, who kickstarted the exhibition with her opening speech.

The exhibition includes more than 200 pieces, displaying life-size artefacts that have been used for actual NASA space missions.

The exhibition displays life-size artefacts that have been used for actual NASA space missions.
The exhibition displays life-size artefacts that have been used for actual NASA space missions. (İsa Terli / AA)

Virtual Reality (VR) tools at the exhibition offer a somewhat real experience of outer space, allowing visitors to see, touch and observe anything related to space, planets, the moon, astronauts and cosmonauts. It also reflects 50 years of NASA's space studies with historically significant collections.

Virtual Reality (VR) tools at the exhibition offer a somewhat real experience of outer space.
Virtual Reality (VR) tools at the exhibition offer a somewhat real experience of outer space. (İsa Terli / AA)

One of the most fascinating pieces in the exhibition is the real Moonstone brought from space that visitors can touch.

Here's a picture of Moonstone!

(İsa Terli / AA)

Moreover, there are replicas of space rockets, full-size spacecraft, and a 10-meter-long model of the Saturn V rocket. The picture you see below shows inside of one of the spacecrafts. Feel free to imagine yourself lift off! 

It also reflects 50 years of NASA's space studies with historically significant collections.
It also reflects 50 years of NASA's space studies with historically significant collections. (İsa Terli / AA)

The visitors get a chance to observe the personally worn clothes of astronauts, the equipment used in missions, astronaut menus and the models of the Apollo capsule, Sputnik 1 satellite and the International Space Station (ISS).

Here you see an astronaut trainer that is programmed to familiarize the astronauts with the space atmosphere.

(İsa Terli / AA)

Additionally, the exhibit consists of a prototype model of Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starship that was initially developed for Mars exploration.

Speaking of Mars, here, have a look at a simulation that seems to be a mission on Mars.

(İsa Terli / AA)

According to the ITU ETA Foundation Doga College, one of the main sponsors of the exhibition, it aims to spark not solely information but also desires to improve students and children's scientific curiosity and analytical thinking.

In this regard, various activities are planned to be organized in one of the exhibition areas called Doga Space Shuttle that will both entertain and arouse curiosity for students and young people.

Providing information about the Doga Space Shuttle area, Head of the ITU ETA Foundation Doga College’s Coding and Robotics Department Muammer Ozkan says that there are three different activity areas.

Various activities are planned to be organized in one of the exhibition areas called Doga Space Shuttle that will both entertain and arouse curiosity for students and young people.
Various activities are planned to be organized in one of the exhibition areas called Doga Space Shuttle that will both entertain and arouse curiosity for students and young people. (İsa Terli / AA)

Young people would get a chance to wander inside the international space station established in Minecraft, a digital video game.

‘’Apart from that, we established a Mars campus where we define different missions on the surface of Mars,’’ Ozkan said while emphasizing that they collect the materials necessary for this campus from the surface of Mars and simulate a journey from Earth to Mars.

The materials necessary for Mars campus comes from the surface of Mars.
The materials necessary for Mars campus comes from the surface of Mars. (İsa Terli / AA)

Previously, a person wearing an astronaut outfit has drawn great attention by walking around the metro stops in Istanbul for the pre-opening promotion of the exhibition.

(Mehmet Murat Önel / AA)

The exhibition is scheduled to continue between December 9 and December 30.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies