A taste of space comes to Magna

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An exhibition, which explains how engineers can deflect asteroids and capture space debris, will appear for one day only today at Magna in Rotherham.

Space for Art has been put together by Strathclyde Space Institute and uses captivating images of the cosmos to help explain the work its engineers are doing to help protect the long-term future of the earth.

Asteroids, satellites and the night sky will come to life when the display opens at Magna on today, as part of its UK tour of science centres.

The exhibition is part of a project that aims to bring engineering concepts to the public through art, and researchers involved will be on hand to speak to audiences about their work.

Stuart Ballard, Magna’s education manager, said: “Science fiction is rapidly becoming science fact and Space for Art is a visually fascinating way to explain the astounding work that engineers and scientists are doing to protect the planet. This is a great opportunity to see some really impressive images of the universe and we are delighted to be hosting the event here at Magna.”

Space for Art is one of 22 projects funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s public engagement grant scheme, which provides engineers with the opportunity to engage the public in innovative new ways. The event is free.