Issue #4(18) 2018 Lounge

Building a space museum from scratch

Mark Williamson
Mark Williamson
Glen Nagle Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Australia

The opportunity to create a new space museum from scratch will strike most readers as an exciting but daunting prospect: how would you even start? Glen Nagle tells ROOM readers how he met the professional challenge of building such a museum and how he benefitted from a little luck along the way.

What do you do if you’re given the chance to build a space museum that will be visited by tens of thousands of people, but all you have to start with is a few virtually empty rooms with walls covered in blue, Velcro-like carpet, very few resources and no budget? The first thing you need to learn is how to beg, borrow and ‘souvenir’, and then to become as creative as possible, making a little seem like a lot. Easy!

But first, a little back story: as a lifelong fan of all things space exploration, my dreams came true one day when I was offered a job as the education and outreach officer at one of NASA’s Deep Space Network tracking stations, located in a beautiful farming valley just outside of the capital city of Australia.

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