- Written by Gareth
If you've been to the Space Centre before, or visited this site before, you can't have failed to notice the 2.0s, our little orange characters who populate the site.
The 2.0s (two point ohs) were created by NSC Creative, as the stars of their award winning full-dome film 'We Are Astronomers'. The 2.0s are mini, orange versions of us, intrepidly scanning the skies for distant galaxies and undiscovered planets, in a never ending search for the origins of the Universe. Their newest adventure sees them embarking on a search for intelligent life, in their forthcoming film 'We Are Aliens'.
The 2.0s first broke out of the planetarium in 2010, when 'Brock Anchorson' was created as part of the interactive Weather Pod exhibit at the Centre. Brock is the smooth voiced anchorman of the exhibit, always dapper, never flustered – or so he likes to think!
When we redeveloped the National Space Centre website we decided it would be fun to use the characters across the site, and so we started to work with the 2.0s to become your site guides, enjoying a day out at the centre, and reflecting the range of things to do here. We've got 2.0s representing famous faces from space history, taking part in the gruelling challenges of Tranquillity Base, and even a 2.0 twin of Sir Patrick Moore.
It has been fantastically enjoyable to develop these characters, and I always look forward to the opportunity to create the next one. Inevitably, some of the 2.0s don't make it to the page, and are created to try out new ideas. So, we've created a 2.0 gallery to show off some of our favourites. Have a look over at 'Meet the 2.0s' and check back for regular updates and new additions!