Head to The National Space Centre this July for an evening dedicated to the amazing spacecraft, telescopes, and engineering that allow us to explore the universe.

Discover how space has made a difference to your everyday life, make a Soyuz or Saturn V rocket, learn about how robotic technology is helping us explore our Solar System, find out more about telescopes and get hands on with some artefacts from our vaults.

You can either choose to finish your evening with some live stargazing (weather dependent) or add a film screening to your package and sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium for a night of Contact, staring Jodi Foster.

18:00     Sungazing begins
18:30     It is Rocket Science! – LIVE Space
18:45     Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
19:00     Staying Alive in Space – Prof Anu Ojha in LIVE Space
19:00     How to Buy a Telescope – Leicester Astronomical Association in Boosters Café
19:25     Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
19:30     Why Can’t We Fly into Space in A Plane? – Dr Nigel Bannister, University of Leicester in LIVE Space
19:45     Into the Unknown – film from Northrop Grumman (38 min) – Shuttle Suites
20:00     How to Buy a Telescope – Leicester Astronomical Association in Boosters Café
20:00     Building Things That Go into Space – Piyal Samara-Ratna, University of Leicester in LIVE Space
20:05     Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
20:30     ExoMars Rover: Engineering for the Red Planet – Paul Meacham, Airbus in LIVE Space
20:45     Into the Unknown – film from Northrop Grumman (38 min) – Shuttle Suites
20:45     FILM – ‘Contact’ PG (additional ticket required)
21:20     Sunset – Stargazing begins
22:00     Building closed to non-film guests
23:00     Film ends

To find out more check the National Space Centre website.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester’s creative community for over a decade – promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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