Apollo 13

04 - 19 April 2020

Houston, we've had a problem here!

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“Houston, we have a problem!” Possibly one of the most well-known, misquoted, lines of the Apollo space programme. The words spoken by Jack Swigert aboard Apollo 13 were “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here”.

The story of Apollo 13 is actually a positive one, one of science and engineering overcoming adversity, of teamwork, compassion and the amazing achievements that brought three astronauts home safely.

During the Easter school holiday period we invite you to discover the truth behind the problem, how the third spacecraft intended to land on the moon never made it and how Teflon really is linked to the Apollo space programme.



APOLLO 13 – A Successful Failure

Join us to discover what it took to become an Apollo astronaut, learn about the scientists and engineers that worked alongside them and about the “successful failure” of Apollo 13. Hear the voices of people who were there at the time and how they worked to save the lives of 3 men 100’s of thousands of miles from Earth. A mission to the Moon might be more unexpected than you think!

12:00, 13:30 and 15:00 in LIVE Space

Make a Mini Moon Rock

Apollo 13 never made it to the Lunar surface, but you can make your very own mini moon rock sample to take home.

11:00 – 13:00 in Orbiting Earth

Pop Up Science

Test your teamwork and see if you can succeed in building a carbon dioxide filter! Work together to turn “junk” into the round peg in a square hole solution to save Apollo 13 and her crew.

14:00 – 16:00 in Orbiting Earth

Hidden Figures

Take our trail around the galleries to discover the people behind the Apollo space programme who first helped humans land on the moon.

Pick up your copy of the trail at the ticket desk upon arrival.


Planetarium Show

When you buy a ticket to the National Space Centre you will also be able to see one of our award-winning planetarium shows at no extra cost.

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person (subject to availability) upon arrival at the Centre.

Now Showing: CAPCOMGO!

An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see our latest award-winning show.

CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.

Café and Picnics

Boosters café will be serving a selection of freshly made seasonal sandwiches, as well as soups, hot dogs, nachos, snacks, cakes, fruit, crisps and Leicester roasted real bean coffees and teas.

If you want to bring your own food, there will be a picnic space available in the John Eggleston Suite, which you can find next to the Rocket Tower.

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