Drone Photography Services have been tightlipped about the new summer attraction at the Eden Project “Journey into Space” since we filmed the drone video and aerial photography in Cornwall in March 2017.
Eden Project launched the summer long event this month so now we can show our blog readers some of the final images we took of the astronaut on the top of the biome.
The Eden Project will take visitors on a spectacular Journey Into Space from July 27 to September 3.
The ambitious new season of activities features a breath-taking virtual tour of the eight planets where everyone can marvel at the wonders of the universe.
The journey, known as the solar system safari, will start with a giant, moving projection of the Sun, complete with solar flares shooting from its surface.
Visitors then move to the desolate wasteland of Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, before travelling to the searing, volcanic landscape of Venus, complete with a projection of its surface eruptions.
Next comes perhaps the most recognisable of planets in our solar system, Mars, which will be represented by a red, craggy landscape and a prototype of the ExoMars rover being developed by Airbus in the UK.
Visitors will then travel to the first of the gas giants and the biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. Because it would be impossible to walk on the surface of the planet, Eden explorers will view the beautiful planet from Europa, one of 69 moons that orbit Jupiter.
The other gas giant in our solar system, Saturn, is next on the journey and it will be rendered as a 3D hologram, viewed from an icy cave on its moon Enceladus.
The milky-blue icy landscape of Uranus, the coldest planet in our solar system is next, followed by its fellow ice giant Neptune, the furthest planet from the Sun, which will be represented by a hazy, chilly landscape.
There will also be a beautiful fly-by of Earth before landing in a lush garden of paradise to show how our planet is uniquely placed to support life.
This is the first time Eden has staged Journey Into Space. Highlights include the chance to train as an astronaut and have an encounter with an alien.
At the Astronaut Academy visitors can try out a Space Walk challenge in a giant inflatable and radio control an Eden space exploration vehicle.
As visitors arrive for their space mission they will be greeted by a special video recording from British astronaut Tim Peake of the European Space Agency.
Tim will send the wannabe astronauts on their journey with the wish that they have as much fun as he did on the International Space Station.
There will also be a rare chance to see a prototype of the ExoMars rover being developed by Airbus in the UK and an exhibition of images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
In the Mediterranean Biome there will be daily talks from space experts including from the European Space Agency, National Space Centre and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Eden’s Production Manager Chris Pritchard said: “This is going to be our biggest-ever summer of activities at Eden and everyone will have a chance to go on an exciting space odyssey to see the beauty and magnificence of all our planets.
“There’ll be fun astronaut challenges to try, stimulating talks and exhibitions on space and even a chance to meet an alien – Journey Into Space is going to send you into orbit!”
During Journey Into Space Eden will be open until 8pm from Mondays to Thursdays.