COSMO ISLE HAKUI
- Location : 石川県羽咋市鶴多町免田25, Japan
- Opening : 08:30-17:00(Admission is until 16:30)
- Closing : Every Tuesday (There is no holiday from July 20 to August 31. On public holidays, the next weekday is closed)
- Admission charges : adults 400 yen, children 200 yen (Space science exhibition room), Cosmo Theater (planetarium) requires extra charge
- Web site : http://www.hakui.ne.jp/ufo/
Check the location of COSMO ISLE HAKUI(GoogleMap)It is a museum with a library and a public hall on the edge of Hakui city near Noto Peninsula, Wakura Onsen Japan. The mascot character is a space alien and it feels funny mood. But you can enjoy the full-scale exhibition mainly on the history of manned and unmanned space exploration from Mercury to Apollo. The exhibition is only on the second floor, and there is also a planetarium. It takes 1 to 2 hours to tour the exhibition even if you look closely. It was heavy rain when I visited, but I could enjoy because it is an indoor tourist facility.
Immediately after the entrance is a mockup of Mercury capsule. This is said that "the same material as the real thing was used and the original was faithfully reproduced". It was made even cockpit inside and looks very realistic.
At the center of the exhibition room, the one that is extremely large and shining is mockup of LM: Lunar Module. Astronaut figures and measuring instruments are also placed around it, which is also very real.
There is also a mockup of CM: Command Module ahead of that. The explanation says "Silver seal is real", maybe this means the heat shield attached to the surface. This is also made cockpit inside, and detail of the hatch looks realistic.
Apart from Apollo, you can see real Soyuz capsule, a mockup of Mars spacecraft : Viking, a mockup of Voyager spacecraft that explores Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and a backup spacecraft of Lunar 24 : Lunar Spacecraft of former Soviet Union, etc.
Besides, there are many exhibits of accessories such as space suits and various equipments of Apollo Project. There are also rare NASA Luna / Mars Rover (lunar / Mars surface) experimental machines. At the entrance on first floor, there is a ticket office and souvenir shop, and Lunar Roving Vehicle(LRV) mockup. LRV has a cover on the chair, and you can sit and take photos for memorial. Souvenir shop is small and there aren't very rare items available, but there are some NASA logo goods, T-shirts, space pens, space food and all the standard items.
All exhibited mockups have a realistic level of completion and detailed commentary on historical facts. It is a pity that there is no origin or commentary on these exhibit items itself. It is almost unknown how of these so realistic mockups were created and where they came from.