Ever imagined what would happen to your body on a mission to Mars, how those metal tins we call aeroplanes manage to stay in the air, and what the future holds for space travel? Above and Beyond, a ground-breaking new exhibition about the wonders of flight and mankind’s remarkable journey to space, seeks to answer these questions in the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour.

Produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, this family-friendly exhibition, created in collaboration with NASA, hopes to inspire the next wave of engineers, pilots and astronauts by taking visitors on an exciting aerospace journey. From the first great thinkers and visionaries, to the innovators of the present day, the advances made in science, design and technology have always had one aim, to propel us ever farther and faster towards the stars.

Packed full with immersive simulations, interactive design challenges and visionary concepts for the future, Above and Beyond invites visitors to get up-close and personal with the technology that makes air and space travel possible. With over ten exciting interactives to get involved with, you can learn how to fly like a bird with Spread Your Wings, take an Elevator to Space and enjoy the view of Earth from above, or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how your body would cope on the long-haul trip to the red planet.

But what of the future of space travel? Imagine if hopping in a space craft was as normal as getting in your car, or if it was possible to get airborne wherever and whenever you wanted. Breakthroughs like this would change the lives of everyone on the planet for the better, opening up a world of opportunities, maybe several worlds. Above and Beyond celebrates the amazing power of imagination to achieve the impossible, encouraging visitors themselves to think big and look up, up towards a realm of infinite possibilities.

Exhibition information for visitors:

Venue: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Dates: 27 May–29 August 2016

Opening times: Every day, 10.00–17.00

Visitor enquiries: 020 8312 6565 

Admission: Adult £9, Child £6

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Notes to editors:

1. Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the 17th-century Queen’s House and Cutty Sark. Royal Museums Greenwich works to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people. This unique collection of attractions, which form a key part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes over 1.5 million British and international visitors a year and is also a major centre of education and research. For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk.

2. Boeing employs 2,000 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth. The UK-Boeing partnership with the Armed Forces, British manufacturing and the air transport industry dates back to the 1930s. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry in 2014 was £1.4 billion ($2.2 billion) and the company’s activities support more than 10,000 UK jobs in the supply chain, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. For more information visit www.boeing.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @BoeingUK.

Further information and images

For further information or images, please contact:

Emma Gough, Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office

Tel: 020 8312 6789 | 07960 509802 or Email: egough@rmg.co.uk