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Neighbours of British Astronaut Tim Peake found themselves in a gravity free zone the other day to celebrate the launch of Alton Towers Resort’s new attraction, Galactica. The new ride brings the experience of space travel, so anyone can prepare themselves for that rocket into space.
The street – temporarily renamed Gravity Avenue – became completely weightless, with people, cars, post boxes, parking cones and benches floating mid-air, ahead of the launch of Galactica in April.
Galactica is the world’s first rollercoaster entirely dedicated to virtual reality and will allow guests to Alton Towers to visit space. The new ride experience combines the physical exertion and adrenaline rush of Alton Towers Resort’s iconic flying rollercoaster, with the emotive experience of travelling through space. New VR technology transforms riders into astronauts and plunges them into outer space, with a G force more powerful than a real rocket launch.*
The stunt gave locals from the British astronaut’s hometown of Westbourne, Sussex a unique insight into how the local legend is living while at the International Space Station (ISS).
Tim has so far spent roughly three months in space and is set to return to earth in June. In fact he’s having so much fun right now, that him and Scott Kelly have been playing space invaders on the ISS (as you do!), so you might not have to venture as far as galactica after all
To mark the launch of Galactica, Alton Towers Resort also announced a new partnership with the National Space Centre, to support its mission to provide children and young people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to learn about the wonders of space.
Alton Towers will host a series of interactive, fun and entertaining shows for children and families visiting the resort over the Easter holidays. Children can go on their very own mission to hear all about the dynamic and explosive nature of rockets, how astronauts live in space and the risks of space travel which will be delivered by National Space Centre space experts.
The new ride will see each participant wear a specialist VR headset whilst on the ride and will loop beyond the stars, banking through wormholes and speeding across undiscovered galaxies, revealing the wonders of the cosmos in stunning clarity.
Gill Riley, Marketing Director at Alton Towers Resort said: “We want to help make space exploration a reality for the next generation of British space enthusiasts, which is why we have partnered with the National Space Centre. Over the next  months, we will support their education programme so more children get the chance to learn about the universe and its hidden wonders.”
GALACTICA IN NUMBERS
* Total G-force: 3.5 G’s
* Track length: 840 metres
* Height of drop: 20 metres
* Ride duration: 189 seconds
* Maximum speed: 75km per hour
* Capacity per car: 28 passengers
* Capacity per hour: 1500 passengers
So if you’re still looking for something new to do over Easter, this might just be it!