In this leg of the trip we visit the National Space Centre in Leicester and then the caves under the City of Nottingham.
The National Space Centre is supposedly a museum dedicated to space exploration, but in reality it is a themed attraction aimed at very young crowds. Lots of colorful displays and flashing lights, but little in the way of science and technology.
Nonetheless, I did find a few interesting things on display:
|Likely the most valuable thing on display here - an entire Soyuz capsule.|
|A reusable landing capsule from NASA's Gemini program.|
|A model of the International Space Station.|
|The shower on the Columbus Module.|
|A copy of the Voyager Message - a both naive and ambitious undertaking of humanity.|
|Here's a bit of kit - the fully mechanical gyroscope of a V2 rocket from WWII.|
|The two booster rockets housed in the main silo.|
|Apollo Fuel Cell - it made electricity and water out of oxygen and hydrogen. The reverse of an oxygen maker on a submarine.|
Next up... the caves of Nottingham
|A rare sight in British cities - trams.|
|Not much to look at, but the history is fascinating and a guided tour is provided.|
|And, of course, Robin Hood. Robing the Hood while the Sheriff was nowhere to be seen.|