Old photos of various people in suits standing beside one another at the opening of a building. Text reads Questacon-Japan Relationship 1988.

1998

A room containing a model space vehicle with the word 'ALFLEX' on the side sits on a yellow and black exhibit table. To the left is a model white rocket, and a blue information panel.

The home of Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre was designed by Lawrence Nield & Partners Australia.

In March, Questacon hosted a joint program with the Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre (JAMSTEC) when the newly commissioned oceanographic research vessel, the Mirai, visited Sydney.

A special presentation for young people was conducted at Questacon in Canberra and in Sydney to highlight cooperation between Japan and Australia in oceanographic research.

In September, Questacon hosted the world renowned exhibition of Japanese Kites and Tops which toured several venues in Australia with the support of the Australia - Japan Foundation.

In October, the SpaceQuest exhibition was launched at Questacon by Mr Noboru Takeshita, former Prime Minister of Japan. Other dignitaries included Mr Gaishi Hiraiwa, former President of the Federation of Economic Organisations (Keidanren) and Mr Isao Uchida, President of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). The exhibition was designed by NASDA and funded by the Japanese Government as a special contribution to Questacon’s 10th birthday celebrations. This striking display, also supported by the Japan-Australia Business Cooperation Committee, celebrated the achievements of Japan’s space program, including the successful testing of the ALFLEX space vehicle at Woomera in South Australia.