Journey to Mars

24 March 2018 - 15 April 2018

Could you have the right stuff to become the first human on Mars?

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Curiosity rover on Mars (artist's impression). Credit: NASA

Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future.

Mars had conditions suitable for life in its past. Future exploration could uncover evidence of life, answering one of the fundamental mysteries of the cosmos: Does life exist beyond Earth?


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Mars exploration (artist impression). Credit: NASA

The Environments of Mars

The atmosphere of Mars is about 100 times thinner than Earth’s, and it is 95 percent carbon dioxide. So, what are the challenges we face when considering a robotic, or event manned mission, to the red planet?

LIVE Space – 12:15, 13:15 and 15:15

Drop in science sessions

Throughout the day our Science Interpreters will be hosting the following workshops, demonstrations and hands on science sessions:


Interact, immerse, inspire. Step into our virtual museum and explore our collection of amazing Space objects.  Our Science Interpreters will be on hand to guide you through it all in this drop-in experience.

Age recommendation 13+

LEGO Martian Stop Motion Challenge

Time to direct your very own Mini Movie, as we provide the stars of the show and you script, direct and film your Martian explorers, in an out of this world adventure.

Mars Rock Investigation

Time to put on the white lab coats as you observe, classify and test a variety of space rock samples to search for evidence of life on another planet.

Creativity and Curiosity Exhibition

Gillian McFarlandIone Parkin and Alison Lochhead have developed a body of artwork in connection with astronomers, cosmologists and planetary geologists.  They have been exploring the rich imagery of space, engaging in creative dialogue with researchers and gaining new insights into the dynamic forces of the universe.

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.

Each show combines the latest edge-blended video technologies, sound and computer animation to immerse you in a full 360º fulldome cinema experience.

Now Showing: ‘We Are Stars!’, narrated by Andy Serkis

Tour of the Night Sky
This is a presenter led tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Take a tour that you can help create, through our solar system, to discover planets and moons. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us.

Learn about the constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

11:30 and 14:30 (additional £3 ticket)

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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.

In addition, cold drinks can be purchased in the Shop.

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.

Park and Ride

The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop.

Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us. The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full.

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