Science Museum Lates visitors dive Blue Abyss
As guests of the UK Space Environments Association (UKSEA), Blue Abyss welcomed a steady stream of visitors eager to dive the Blue Abyss pool as part of the Science Museum’s Lates Space evening on 30 August.
Lates is one of the Museum's biggest events, staged on the last Wednesday of each month and themed around a science-related subject. It’s free to attend and attracts around 4,000 visitors over the course of each night.
Based on Level 2 in the Information Age gallery, CGI production specialists CityScape Digital set up a virtual reality studio allowing visitors to don a headset and plunge themselves into the Blue Abyss pool. Participants were wowed by the scale of the 42,000m3 pool, with one visitor saying:
You just can’t appreciate the enormity of this space until you immerse yourself. The 50-metre shaft just seemed to go on forever, I can only imagine the adrenalin rush I’d get if I was doing it for real. Amazing!”
Participants were able to see an astronaut supported by divers training for a spacewalk on a mock portion of the International Space Station, multiple levels of the pool offering different depths for all sorts of underwater activities, and even the ability to dive down to 50 metres.
If you missed out on the evening, you can still get your virtual wet suit on and join us beneath the surface of the world’s largest and deepest indoor pool.
Tomorrow’s World Move to Mars
Tomorrow’s World headlined the night, launching a new live and interactive BBC ‘Move to Mars’ show to explore what space exploration will look like within our lifetimes. With the help of an audience in the Tomorrow’s World gallery and from around the world online, they asked today’s top scientists how space is shaping our future.
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