Elements in Space

16 November 2019

There may or may not be life out there but there is definitely Chemistry!


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International Year of the Periodic Table

The National Space Centre is working with the Royal Society of Chemistry to host a day celebrating International Year of the Periodic Table (#IYPT2019), in this, the 150th anniversary of the first periodic table.

On 6 March 1869 Russian chemist and inventor, Dimitri Mendeleev, published his periodic table of all known elements. The modern version lists all elements in existence, but do they just exist on Earth?

Come and get involved in our experiments to find out!

Things to do...

Secret World of Gases LIVE Show

Everywhere we look there are millions of gas particles, moving around as the air we breathe and the atmosphere we live in. These invisible particles are a mix of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, argon, neon, helium, hydrogen, oxygen, and methane. Come and join us for live explosive demonstrations in our Secret World of Gases live science show!

Chemistry in Space

The fantastic Royal Society of Chemistry volunteers will guide you through experiments and activities investigating the chemistry in space. There’s more than you think! (suitable for all ages)


Search the galleries for hidden elements lurking in the darkest corners of our universe. Find them all to reveal a password to your prize.

Helen Sharman at the National Space Centre in November 2016.

Astronaut Talk with Q&A*

Ever wondered what sort of a career you can have from studying chemistry? How about an astronaut? Meet chemist and the first Briton in space, Helen Sharman.

Helen Sharman CMG, OBE is the first British astronaut and a chemist. Helen will talk about her spaceflight and feeling weightless, in particular how elements helped her to stay alive in space, to do experiments and to use the toilet.

* Due to space restrictions, you will need an additional ticket to access this talk. You must also have a ticket to gain general entry to the National Space Centre.

Royal Society of Chemistry

Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste.

Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives.

Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.

We publish new research. We develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. We bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships. We support teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And we speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all.

We are a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world.