DANGERS AND CHALLENGES OF SPACE
Reaching space is difficult, staying there also! You will be surprised to see how a single grain of sand up there can, by its speed, damage or destroy a satellite . Discover an Orlan spacesuit: an identical model was used by Jean-Loup Chrétien when he became the first French “spacewalker”.
Visit the launch centre and its Vulcain engine.
DID YOU KNOW ? THE ORIGIN OF THE COUNTDOWN
We owe the famous backward count to the German filmmaker Fritz Lang. In 1929, he made Frau im Mond (The Woman on the Moon), a black and white science fiction silent film that tells of a mission to our natural satellite. To heighten the dramatic tension during the take-off scene, he imagines the countdown (which appears as text cards), relying on the fact that the public knows that the take-off will occur once the number zero has been reached.
Discover the launchers that have gone into space and test how gravity works