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 7 – the first crewed Apollo mission. We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, planetarium shows, stargazing, and live demos.
Why not upgrade your evening to take part in our World Space Week Family Sleep Over? An opportunity to spend the night in the Centre’s galleries and truly fall asleep under the stars, with not a chance of rain.
Space Lates Evening Ticket £6
18:00 Doors open
18:30 Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium
18:30 Sunset (Stargazing begins – weather dependent)
19:15 Log of Apollo Screening in the Planetarium
20:00 Tour of the Night Sky in the Planetarium
21:00 Event ends
What Apollo Did for Us
Dr David Baker
Join British engineer Dr David Baker for his first-hand account of the Apollo programme, how it began, what we got from it and how it changed the space programme for ever – all in 25 minutes! David worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990 and has written more than 80 books on spaceflight technology. His previous titles for Haynes include Soyuz Manual: 1967 onwards, Apollo 13 Manual, and International Space Station Manual.
Following the talk, David will be available for questions and book signings in the galleries between 7 and 8pm.
The Legacy of Apollo 7 and 8
On this, the 50th anniversary year of that historic first flight to the Moon with Apollo 8, and the ground breaking work on Apollo 7, be amazed at just how far NASA came in such a short period of time. With original flown and mission control items from his personal collection, Nick will walk you through the highs and lows of the Apollo programme in an unflinching roller coaster of a ride.
Nick Howes, formerly a science writer with the European Space Agency, is the Director of Aerolite Meteorites in Europe as well as an outreach astronomer working with multiple museums and observatories in the UK.
Dan Dare Got There First
A talk on Dan Dare, the British Space Hero of the 1950s from Eagle magazine. Before Apollo landed on the Moon and before the Space Shuttle, Dan Dare was the Pilot of the Future and his artist Frank Hampson dreamed up ideas that would take many years to become reality.
Eagle sold one million copies at launch and was so innovative that the Ministry of Defence had six copies each week to keep up to date with Dan Dare. Join Eagle specialist Howard Smith (alter ego Communications Officer of the International Spacefleet!) for a nostalgic look at a golden age.
Soyuz vs Saturn Rocket Challenge
Design, build and launch your very own rocket, in our fun paper rocket competition.
In 2016, NASA highlighted nearly 2,000 other spinoffs in the fields of computer technology, environment and agriculture, health and medicine, public safety, transportation, recreation, and industrial productivity, but not Tang, Velcro or Teflon!
Sounds of Apollo
Join Dr Mike Blow for an interactive journey through the sounds of Apollo, layered with synth and guitar improvisations created by you!
19:00 – 19:30
Sounds of Apollo performance
19:30 – 21:00
Sounds of Apollo drop-in
Ever touched a rock that came from space? Explore the meteorite collection from the University of Leicester and find out how we use these rocks to explore the Solar System.
18:00 – 21:00
Thanks to Leicester Astronomical Society, you can step outside and discover different telescopes, how to use them and what you can see (weather dependant).
18:30 – 21:00
Tour of the Night Sky
Take a whirlwind 20-minute tour of the spring night sky in our newly-upgraded Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Learn the constellations, the stories, and the planets that feature in summer. Select your show time during the booking process.
Log of Apollo 7
The Log of Apollo 7 has been restored from 16 mm film. Initially the pilot program intended to be a series following every Apollo flight on Public Television, by KCET, Los Angeles, it was not repeated for later missions due to funding.
You are free to explore the National Space Centre’s galleries throughout the night. Please note that Tranquillity Base and the Rocket Tower will not be open.
Our café will be serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches throughout the evening and our Cargo Bay shop will be open from 18:00 – 21:00.
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 30-minute scientific talks.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is suitable for all the family.
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. Our Boosters Café will be serving hot food, sandwiches, snacks and beverages throughout.
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 and non-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 is acceptable (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).
What is the refund policy?
All tickets are non-refundable.