Ever since I was a child, I have a fascination for everything going on beyond our own planet. From space travel and the possibilities of alien life (X-Philes, raise your hands!), to learning all about our solar system, if it was somehow related to space, I was interested in it.

After working as an ambassador for space experience company Space Nation (where I did an astronaut training in Iceland and interviewed a real astronaut), and with my dad digging up his old space collection (including a Neil Armstrong autograph!), a lot of my childhood passion for space has returned – and I want to discover more about this topic.

That is why I’ve set myself the goal to find – and complete – 100 of the world’s top space experiences, ranging from activities that help train your astronaut skills, to visiting amazing space centers, observatories and planetariums, but also discovering moon landscapes and visiting the best archaeoastronomical and stargazing sites and events.

I hope you will join me on this adventure!

– Nienke

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The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

01. Adult Space Camp – Huntsville, Alabama, USA

02. ZERO-G Weightless Experience – Las Vegas (and other locations), USA

03. Astronaut Expedition – Iceland

04. Drive a Moon/Mars Rover

05. Watch a Rocket Launch

06. Visit European Space Agency (ESA) – Noordwijk, The Netherlands

07. Visit Yuri A Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center – Moscow Oblast, Russia

08. Stay in a POD Hotel in Japan

09. Stay at the Henn na “Robot” Hotel – Nagasaki, Japan

10. Go on Mission: SPACE – Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

11. Kennedy Space Center – Merritt Island, Florida, USA

12. Virginia Air and Space Center – Hampton, Virginia, USA

13. NASA Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland

14. NASA Glenn Visitor Center at Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio

15. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – New York City, New York, USA

16. Space Center Houston – Houston, Texas, USA

17. Cité de l’Espace – Toulouse, France

18. JAXA Tsukuba Space Center – Tsukuba Science City,  Ibaraki, Japan

19. Space Expo – Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands

20. Euro Space Center – Transinne, Belgium

21. The Exploration Museum – Húsavík, Iceland

22. National Space Centre – Leicester, England, United Kingdom

23. Space Museum TeNQ – Tokyo, Japan

24. Science Museum – London, England, United Kingdom

25. Glasgow Science Centre – Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

26. Life Science Centre – Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

27. U.S. Space and Rocket Center – Huntsville, Alabama, USA

28. American Space Museum & Walk of Fame – Titusville, Florida, USA

29. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum & Planetarium – Washington, DC, USA

30. Hong Kong Space Museum – Hong Kong, China

31. Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics – Moscow, Russia

32. Heureka – Vantaa, Finland

33. Museon, Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands

34. NEMO Science Museum – Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

35. Follow the Dark Skies Trail – New Mexico, USA

36. Take an Astro Photography Course

37. Attend the Jasper Dark Sky Festival – Jasper, Alberta, Canada

38. Attend the National Parks Dark Skies Festival – England, United Kingdom

39. Attend the Death Valley Dark Sky Festival – Death Valley, California, USA

40. Attend the Sequoia Parks Dark Sky Festival – Three Rivers, California, USA

41. Attend Yuri’s Night Event – Los Angeles, USA

42. Go on an Astronomy Cruise

43. See the Astronomical Clock – Prague, Czech Republic

44. See a Lunar Eclipse

45. See a Solar Eclipse

46. See the Northern Lights

47. See the Southern Lights

48. Visit Roswell Visitors Center – Roswell, New Mexico, USA

49. Visit Whycliffe Well – Northern Territory, Australia

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

50. Very Large Array – Socorro, New Mexico, USA

51. Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) – San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile

52. Mauna Kea Observatory – Hilo, Hawaii, USA

53. Griffith Observatory – Los Angeles, California, USA

54. Royal Observatory Greenwich – London, England, United Kingdom

55. Ishigakijima Astronomical Observatory Arakawa – Ishigaki, Okinawa, Japan

56. Teide Observatory – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

57. Sydney Observatory – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

58. La Silla Observatory – La Higuera, Coquimbo, Chile

59. Royal Observatory – Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

60. Roque De Los Muchachos Observatory – La Palma, Spain

61. Paranal Observatory (Very Large Telescope – VLT)- Cerro Paranal, Chile

62. South African Astronomical Observatory – Sutherland, South Africa

63. Lowell Observatory – Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

64. Pic du Midi Observatory – Pyrenees, France

65. Gornergrat Observatory, Switzerland

66. Mount John University Observatory – Tekapo, New Zealand

67. Cincinnati Observatory Center – Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

68. Hayden Planetarium – New York City, New York, USA

68. Planetario Galileo Galilei – Buenos Aires, Argentina

70. Adler Planetarium – Chicago, Illinois, USA

71. L’Hemisfèric, City of Arts and Sciences – Valencia, Spain

72. Eise Eisinga Planetarium – Franeker, Friesland, The Netherlands

73. Indira Gandhi Planetarium – Lucknow, India

74. Morrison Planetarium – San Francisco, California, USA

75. Nagoya City Science Museum – Nagoya City, Japan

76. Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium – Winchester, England, United Kingdom

77. Burke Baker Planetarium – Houston, Texas, USA

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

78. Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

79. Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory, Zhengzhou, China

80. Observatory of Ulugbek Samarkand – Uzbekistan

81. Astronomical Rock Panels in the Lascaux Cave, France

82. Navajo Star Ceilings – Across Navajo Region, USA

83. Travel Along the Himmelswege (Sky Paths) and see Nebra Sky Disk – Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

84. Beijing Ancient Observatory – China

85. Jantar Mantar (World’s Largest Stone Sundial) – Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

86. Goseck Circle (World’s Oldest Solar Observatory) – Goseck, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The Space Tester - Top 100 Space Experiences Around The World

87. Hamelin Pool, Pilbara, Western Australia, Australia

88. Wadi Rum, Jordan

89. The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia, Australia

90. Meteor Crater Natural Landmark – Winslow, Arizona, USA

91. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho, USA

92. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

93. Central Australia

94. Utah Desert, USA

95. Yehliu Geopark, Taipei, Taiwan

96. Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA

97. Iceland

98. Namib Desert, South Africa / Angola / Namibia

99. Bahariya and Farafra Depressions, Egypt

100. Danakil Depression, Ethiopia




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