Discover Space!

Space Expo is the visitor centre of ESA ESTEC here in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her son Prince Friso opened the exhibition on the 29th of June, 1990. Each year we welcome more than 100.000 visitors.

Visitors of Space Expo will go on an exciting voyage through the universe, past stars and planets. 

Not only that, but much attention is paid to the vast history of space travel. You can walk through a 1:1 scale model of the International Space Station (ISS) as well as walk past a 1:1 scale model of the moonlander Eagle of 1969, one of our visitors favorites. 

André Kuipers & the Sojoez Capsule

At Space Expo you can admire many items that were used by Dutch astronaut AndrĂ© Kuipers on his mission to space. For example his original space suit and the original  Sojoez TMA-03M space capsule in which he traveled to the International Space Station and back to Earth. Beside these items you can also  admire a real Ariane 1 rocket engine, a variety of life-sized satellites, and our treasury with a real moonstone that was given to us by the NASA.