The Slovenia Times

Several new exhibitions open at space centre in Vitanje


The exhibition on Slovenian rocket scientist Herman Potočnik Noordung (1892-1929) will feature all translations and Slovenian editions of his landmark book The Problem of Space Travel.

The collection also features the very first edition, which was released in German in 1929, as well as the extremely rare Russian translation from 1935.

"No library in Slovenia, and probably nowhere in the world, can boast such a collection," the space centre said.

The centre will also put on an exhibition termed Slovenia in Space to present Slovenian projects and achievements of Slovenian companies in this field.

Images of Earth will give an insight into contemporary observation of the Earth, whereas One Giant Leap for Mankind is a didactic exhibition about the Moon and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.

Also launched today will be a virtual reality room featuring 360-degree outer space animation, and VR Electra, a flight simulator offering the experience of floating in a sci-fi space ship.

Taking part in the VR Electra project were Slovenian companies Pipistrel, Aereform and Airnet.

The new exhibitions will be opened by Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek.

The Noordung centre was originally launched in 2012 as the Cultural Centre for European Space Technologies (KSEVT) to culturalize outer space.

But due to funding issues, it came under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Relations and Technology in 2017.

Last year, its new director Dominik Kobold announced a more business-oriented programme.

Vitanje was chosen to host the centre for being considered Noordung's home town. However, Noordung - Potočnik's pen name - was neither born nor raised in this town, it was his mother's parents that had originated from it.


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