The construction of a planetarium in Victoria Park on Hong Kong Island was proposed preliminarily by the Urban Council of Hong Kong.
The Urban Services Department set up a working group to study overseas experience in establishing planetariums. The study was aimed at laying the groundwork for setting up the future Hong Kong Space Museum.
| || The Hong Kong Government decided to build the Hong Kong Space Museum at Tsim Sha Tsui and invited Mr. Joseph Liu to serve as Planetarium Advisor. Mr. Joseph Ming Gun LEE of the Public Works Department was the Chief Architect of the project. |
| || Mr. Joseph Liu was transferred from the Education Department to the then Urban Services Department and assumed the post of Planetarium Adviser. |
USD signed contract with the Carl Zeiss Company to purchase a planetarium and other equipment with a price of HK$3,050,000.
USD placed order to an American company to buy the projection screen for the Space Theatre with a price of HK$660,000.
| || To start the foundation work and the building of the Hong Kong Space Museum. |
| Under the sponsorship of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, NASA agreed to lend the Aurora 7 capsule of the Mercury Project, moon rock and spacesuit to the Hong Kong Space Museum for exhibition. |
| Hong Kong Space Museum, with the Space Theatre and an exhibition hall on the ground floor, was completed and officially opened on 7th October and opened to the public on 8th October. Boasting the first OMNIMAX film projector in the eastern hemisphere, Hong Kong Space Museum was also the first planetarium in the world to possess a fully automated control system at its Space Theatre. Since its inception, the Space Museum has become the most important local educational institution for popularizing astronomy and has been working hand in hand with local astronomical societies to promote astronomy by organizing a wide range of activities. |
| || The Solar Telescope and the "Solar Hall" situated at the first floor of the Hong Kong Space Museum were officially opened. |
| || Hong Kong Space Museum published its first astro-calendar. |
A multi-lingual system was first installed at the Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum. The system provided narration of 4 languages (Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Japanese) for each programme.
Urban Council Ticketing System (Urbtix) was launched to allow people to buy tickets for any performance at any of the Council's five venues. Hong Kong was the first city outside the United Kingdom and the United States to operate similar system.
Hong Kong Space Museum screened the first school show.
Urban Council invested HK$17,700,000 to renew the exhibition halls of the Hong Kong Space Museum, introducing more interactive exhibits and information on space science.
| || Hong Kong Space Museum opened its newly designed exhibition halls, which were renamed as "Hall of Space Science" and "Hall of Astronomy". |
| || Hong Kong Space Museum launched the monthly programme "The Night Sky", which allowed visitors to learn seasonal constellations under the simulated night sky in the Space Theatre. |
The "Automatic programming and Control Subsystem" at the Space Theatre of the Hong Kong Space Museum was upgraded to allow more vivid and lively presentations of Sky Shows.
Hong Kong Space Museum developed in-house and installed the "Interactive System" in the Space Theatre which collected real-time responses from audience. As a result, the flow of Sky Shows could be changed subject to visitors' reaction.
A new projection screen was installed in the Space Theatre to improve image quality.
| || The homepage of Hong Kong Space Museum was formally in operation. |
Asteroid (6743) Liu was named after Mr. Joseph Liu, the first Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Space Museum.
Hong Kong Space Museum broadcast the partial solar eclipse on the web. This was the first time a celestial event being web-cast in Hong Kong.
| || Hong Kong Space Museum launched the monthly observation programme "Astronomy Happy Hours". Supported by local public astronomical associations, the programme allowed participants to enjoy the Hong Kong night sky on the Museum's rooftop. |
The Hong Kong Space Museum installed a new rewinding unit to its OMNIMAX projector. The unit permitted concurrent screening and rewinding of film. In addition, it could handle larger film reels and hence extended the maximum film duration from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
| || Hong Kong Space Museum successfully secured a funding of HK$2,500,000 from the Quality Education Fund to build an Interactive Observatory that could be controlled via Internet. The Observatory would house a 60cm telescope which would be the largest professional telescope in Hong Kong. |
| || Hong Kong Space Museum reached agreement with the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, Sai Kung to build the Interactive Observatory in the Village. |
Construction of a temporary observatory in Tuen Mun for testing of astronomical equipment and controlling system.
| || Hong Kong Space Museum's Space Theatre was renamed to "Stanley Ho Space Theatre" in honour of Dr. Stanley Ho's generous contribution of HK$20,000,000 to the Facility and Programme Donation Scheme of Home Affairs Bureau. The naming right would last for 15 years. |
Starting the construction of the Interactive Observatory.
| The interactive observatory in the Lady MacLehose Holiday Village in Sai Kung was completed and named as the "Hong Kong Space Museum Sai Kung iObservatory". The two-storey iObservatory has a site area of about 150 square metres and a floor area of 270 square metres. It is equipped with a 60 cm Cassegrain telescope, the largest professional telescope in Hong Kong, inside a 6 m dome on the roof. |
The Stanley Ho Space Theatre was closed in November to prepare for renovation of the planetarium projection system and the seats.
| || Installed with a new 8K digital planetarium projection system, the Stanley Ho Space Theatre was reopened on 1 July. New seats were installed with a multi-language interactive system, allowing the audience to select different narration languages for a show. |
| || Astropark, the first theme park with star gazing facilities in Hong Kong, was opened on 30 January. Designed and managed by the Space Museum, the Astropark is located in Chong Hing Water Sports Centre, West Sea Cofferdam, High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung. With an area of about 1,200 square metres, it houses replicas of ancient Chinese astronomical instruments, specially designed inclined stargazing benches and telescope piers for the enjoyment of star lovers. |
| The Hong Kong Space Museum Facebook Fan Page was launched. Hong Kong Space Museum YouTube Channel was opened. |
| || The digital projection system of the Stanley Ho Space Theatre was upgraded to a 3D full-dome projection system with 8 ultra-high definition projectors employing interference filtering technology to produce 3D images. The first 3D dome show was released on 1 July. |
| || Launched the Sky Show "The Stories of Solar Eclipse", its first production to be displayed using the digital planetarium projection system. |
| || Launched the Sky Show "Decoding Starlight" and featured in the Immersive Festival Madrid in Spain and the Fiske Full Dome Film Festival in the United States. |
| || The new Weatherproof Vacuum Solar Telescope System installed on the rooftop the Space Museum was put in commission in November. The system consists of 4 telescopes each with an aperture of 10 cm to display the white light, hydrogen alpha and calcium K images of the Sun. It can also be used to observe the Moon and planets. |
| || The permanent exhibition halls opened on 25 April after renovation. They were renamed as the "Hall of the Cosmos" and "Hall of Space Exploration". |