In July 1969, everyone was looking at the moon. But especially the group of scientists who, almost 400,000 kilometers away, controlled every movement of the first astronauts to land on the moon. The consoles of that command center are exhibited for the first time in Spain.

“They didn’t have keyboards and they were made with televisions because there were no computers at that time,” explains scientific popularizer Rafael Clemente. It is one of hundreds of relics displayed in Space Discovery‘, the largest traveling exhibition on cosmonaut secrets that has been held in Spain.

Space race between the US and the Soviet Union

One of the central axes is precisely the space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union. They both competed to conquer the moon and we can see original pieces of the legendary Apollo aircraft and also the Soyuz, the Russian ship.

The space witnessed a historic moment in the middle of the cold war when both powers signed a collaboration agreement and they managed to assemble both ships. “Apollo and Soyuz used different atmospheric composition, and a watertight module had to be designed to join both ships and exchange astronauts through it,” explains the popularizer.

Train like a true astronaut

The Soviet Soyuz program is also represented by a model of the MIR orbital station, where you can experience the sensations of cosmonauts in microgravity. Also many details to understand how the astronauts’ clothing has evolved, with secrets such as their underwear, we can see what the curious diaper pants that the astronauts wear are like or the original costumes that they carried on the most important missions.

We can also see up close what a rock from Mars looks like, far from those reddish tones that make us know it as the red planet. And visitors will also be able to discover the latest NASA projectsnational space agencies, Space X and other private companies.

An exhibition for all ages that brings together the great milestones of the conquest of the skiesand which can be visited until January 7 at the Espacio Inmersa in Barcelona.