Some exciting new features have landed at Edinburgh’s five star visitor attraction, Our Dynamic Earth – some of them quite literally from the moon!
From moon rocks to Antarctic explorers, the attraction has pulled out all the stops to provide an exciting programme of activities over the school holidays.
The main attraction during the summer period will be a collection of NASA lunar samples which will be on display from Monday 11 July for six weeks. Ranging from 5000 year old meteorites to moon rocks dating back 4.5 billion years, the samples are the oldest material on Earth, giving visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a genuine piece of the wider universe up close.
The summer programme also sees the return of the popular Right Stuff Challenge which tests budding astronauts to see if they have what it takes to get the coolest job in the galaxy. Developed by the National Space Centre, and based on actual NASA testing, ‘Have you got the right stuff?’ takes participants on a journey of mental, visual and physical challenges. Suitable for visitors of all ages, the tests cover everything from good eyesight, through deciphering visual tricks, to stamina, based on exercise equipment and blood pressure monitoring. Taking place in the Dynamic Earth Space Agency, a marquee situated outside the attraction, the Right Stuff Challenge will start on Monday 11 July and run for six weeks.
Topping off the fun-filled summer programme will be a series of Antarctic Open Days, with a a team of Antarctic scientists inspiring visitors about the wonders of polar science. Through a variety of visual and hands-on displays, interactive activities and discussion groups, the experts will bring to life the realities of living and working in Antarctica to the next generation of polar explorers. Run by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), the UK Polar Network and the International Polar Foundation (IPF), the open days will take place at Dynamic Earth for three days from Tuesday 12 July.
Commenting on the programme, Eilidh Massie, marketing manager of Dynamic Earth said: “We are thrilled about the arrival of the NASA lunar samples and the packed summer of fun we have lined up for the school holidays. Everything on the agenda is completely interactive to provide a great experience that we are sure will engage and excite our visitors, and we are sure we have something for everyone to enjoy.”
For more information on events and activities happening this summer at Our Dynamic Earth, visit www.dynamicearth.co.uk.