Space Lates – Apollo 12

16 November 2019

A curated evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing and live demos.


Book now for this fantastic event!

mascot Telescope Right
Image Credit: NASA

Space Lates is an evening created for people who want to know more – those who have an interest in astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK, around the world, and out in space.

For this Space Lates, we’re celebrating 50 years since Apollo 12

Apollo 12 was the sixth crewed flight in the Apollo space program and the second to land on the Moon.

We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing, live demos.

Explore our galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a live astronomy session with Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

18:00 – Doors open, activities start
18:30 – First talk
18:30 – CAPCOM GO! First screening
19:15 – CAPCOM GO! Second screening
20:00 – Second talk
21:00 – LIVE Astronomy (weather permitting) – Building closed
22:00 – End of event



Ever touched a rock from space? Explore a collection of meteorites and find out how we use these rocks to explore the Solar System.

CapCom Go! Augmented Reality

CapCom Go! Uses the latest immersive augmented reality technology to bring the Apollo 11 moon landing story to life. Join us to launch your own Saturn V and head towards the Moon!

Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package

Image Credit: NASA

To help us learn more about the Moon, Apollo 12 was the first of the Apollo missions to use the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package. In each of the five Apollo missions following Apollo 11, the astronauts deployed various scientific experiments onto the surface of the Moon. The first of these were the:

• Lunar Surface Magnometer
• Passive Seismic Experiment
• Solar Wind Spectrometer
• Suprathrathermal Ion Detector Experiment/Cold Cathode Ion Gauge
• Lunar Dust Detector

These experiments were all deployed by the Apollo 12 astronauts, Charles Conrad Jr, Richard Gordon Jr and Alan Bean. Join us to delve deeper into what these scientific experiments were all about and what we learned from them.


Image Credit: NASA

Memories of Apollo 12 – stories from an Apollo navigation engineer & BBC journalist

Panel with Pat Norris and David Southwood

Time: 18:30-19:00

Image Credit: NASA

The Next Moon Shot – what ESA and NASA are doing next

Panel with ESA’s James Carpenter and NASA’s chief scientist James Green, hosted by David Southwood

Time: 20:00-20:45



An immersive fulldome show celebrating the Apollo Space programme. Take a seat in the UKs largest Planetarium to see this brand-new show.
From the National Space Centre based multi award-winning fulldome show producers comes ‘CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story’.
CAPCOM GO! showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon.
It will introduce a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. (suitable for 5+)

18:30 and 20:15


Image Credit: NASA

Join Leicester Astronomical Society for a session star gazing*.

Time: 21:00-22:00

Weather permitting

All talks and activities are aimed at adults and engaged families, with an interest in science.
Children are welcome; however, parents will need to decide if children are happy to sit
through accessible and engaging 30-minute talks.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for adults and engaged families.

Can I access the full Centre?
No, the Rocket Tower and Tranquility Base will not be open. Your ticket includes access to the ground floor exhibition (excluding Tranquility Base), talks and Planetarium show (hence the reduced ticket price).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a few minutes walk of the Centre.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The National Space Centre – 0116 261 0261.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
No, tickets are non transferable or refundable.

Can I update my registration information?
No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.