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The transport museum offers the cheaper way of travelling into outer space. Swiss museum of transport, Lucerne

The Swiss museum of transport is providing visitors with a new view of space - from the comfort of an armchair. Equipped with the latest in projection technology, the Lucerne museum is unveiling its renovated planetarium on July 1.

This content was published on June 28, 2001 - 14:40

The museum says the aim of the planetarium, the largest in Switzerland, is to "implant the notion that the earth is a unique, fascinating but also threatened 'spaceship'".

The planetarium has been outfitted with a new video projection system which, combined with the existing slide projectors, will "convey the awesome beauty of the cosmos".

Museum officials claim the new technology will enable visitors to view the solar system as if they were astronauts travelling in outer space - albeit from the comfort of armchairs.

The officials decided to reduce the amount of seating to add to the comfort. As before, the seats radiate outwards but now gradually rise towards the centre of the hall, enhancing the feeling of travelling among the planets.

The planetarium was first set into operation in 1969 by the United States astronaut, John Glenn. The moon landing only three weeks later turned it into a popular attraction, and it has been drawing large crowds ever since.

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