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Sky Tour: Window on the Universe

Have you thought of travelling around the world to enjoy magnificent starry nights? Ticket holders of the Sky Show "Sky Tour: Window on the Universe" can sit back and relax in the Space Theatre to enjoy a world tour with spectacular landscapes and dazzling stars. In addition to learning how the starry sky we see changes with latitudes, we will also leave our planet and travel through space to explore the true nature of the majestic Milky Way which arches across our skies. The journey begins from Iceland where the aurora borealis flames across the sky. We will then move southward to North America and Hawaii. With the Southern Cross and Milky Way as the background, we will visit Salar de Uyuni, commonly known as "Mirror of the Sky" in Bolivia, and take a look at the wondrous inverted image of the Universe reflected by this gigantic natural mirror. As we watch the aurora australis dancing above us in Australia and New Zealand, our wonderful itinerary comes to a perfect ending. Following in the footsteps of "KAGAYA's Aurora", "Sky Tour: Window on the Universe" showcases enchanting sceneries of Earth and the Universe with melodious music. Let's stay away from the hustle and bustle and be indulged in the breathtaking starry skies and stunning natural landscapes.

"The Pioneer Interstellar Mission and Beyond" Exhibition

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States launched Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft in 1972 and 1973 respectively, with the aim of travelling through the asteroid belt to obtain pictures of Jupiter and Saturn, as well as studying the solar wind, cosmic rays and heliosphere, etc. After safe passage through the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the two Pioneers carried out their missions of exploring Jupiter and Saturn. With respect to the technology at that time, the Pioneers were equipped with innovative scientific instruments, such as photopolarimeter for taking planetary images, and radioisotope thermoelectric generator for electrical power supply. The "exclusive" information obtained by the Pioneers was valuable, such as the earliest close-up images of Jupiter and Saturn, first-time confirmation of Jupiter's intense magnetic field and discovery of Saturn's new ring. Pioneers 10 and 11 lost contact with NASA in 2003 and 1995 respectively. Nevertheless, they are still carrying, beyond the Solar System, a "message in a bottle" that represents all humans on Earth. Today, 50 years later, let us review the technology, journey and discoveries of the Pioneers and their implications to future space exploration in this exhibition.