LOCATION:It is situated in a distance of 15.2 KM away from Trivandrum city.
HOW TO GET THERE: It’s hard to get frequent buses to this place. Autos will fleece you. Its better book a cab.
ENTRY FEE:A prior pass is required. Apply for permission online. Once that is approved, you can reach the centre with the approval id for the visitor pass which can be collected from the PRO office near Veli Lake.
TIME:All days except Sundays and declared holidays from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Visit will take about 90 to 120 minutes.
Space Museum provides a tell-tale account of the Indian Space Programme from its infancy. The story of the Indian Space Programme is unfurled in six sections, comprising of history, education, technology, applications, global and the future. A movie theatre with surround sound system screens specially tailored movies on Indian Space Programme. It is situated near the northern boundary of Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS), a few metres from the coastline, St Mary Magdalene Church, lined with high-tech artefacts and visuals, speak the tell tales on the birth of Indian Space Programme.
It was in this church that the first rocket systems were assembled and integrated in 1962. The Bishop House, forming part of the church, functioned at that time as the office of the Director, TERLS. As the scientific activities gathered momentum, new projects came up, which necessitated the construction of new buildings. The first in the line were the Control Centre and then the R&D complex on the Veli Hills, all of which relegated the church building into the background. In 1985, the church was converted into a Space Museum. The museum has full-scale model of PSLV and PSLV heat shield on its premises. The museum also has scaled down (one fifth in size) models of GSLV, GSLV Mk-III and ATV.
Sounding rockets are generally launched from TERLS monthly on every third Wednesday at 11 45 hrs (subject to change for any technical reasons), for scientific purposes. To enthuse public on space related activities, visitors are allowed to witness the launch; for that enter the space station from the canal gate.This centre had the pioneers of India’s space research leading at the top like famous Vikram Sarabhai and Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalaam. Large and small to-scale models of all important launch vehicles can be found here, along with a brief narrative for each.
TIPS AND GUIDANCE: Visit this place on 3rd Wednesday of any month. Outside of the compound there is parking facility for the public. Once at space centre, again no phones, cameras or other objects allowed which is justifiable because of the nature of establishment and its security requirements.
NEAR BY:Akkulam tourist village is situated 4.1KM away from this spot. There is no shops for food or refreshments nearby.