A NEW exhibition that brings space close to home has launched at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre.

Space Zone sees visitors control a Mars rover, climb inside a replica part of the International Space Station, watch shows on a digital globe and touch real Moon rock.

The permanent exhibition, which involved more than 150 scientists, engineers and space experts, also reveals how we use space technology in our everyday lives and how the future of space exploration is being shaped in the North-East. Visitors to Life can also enjoy Tales of a Time Traveller in its planetarium.