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31/05/04
Greenwich Wants New Planetarium
- UKP15 million needed for revamp of Royal Observatory

A SPECTACULAR window on space is in prospect for Greenwich if an appeal to revamp the Royal Observatory is successful. The National Maritime Museum needs UKP15 million to complete its massive re-fit programme that would see a new planetarium and much improved visitor facilities.

"Our ambition is to create a spectacular new environment in which more and more people can appreciate the wonders of time and space," said Peter Snow, the broadcaster in charge of the appeal. Visitors are now being asked to donate one pound when they go to the observatory, where entrance is free. If all goes according to plan, the revamp will be in place by 2007.

"Visitors will better understand and be able to ask fundamental questions about the forces that have shaped our universe and allowed human life to emerge," said Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees.




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