18:00 – 21:30
An evening celebrating World Space Week, with special guests, talks, demonstrations and live stargazing.
We’re celebrating World Space Week with one amazing evening of workshops, craft sessions and talks, that adults and families can enjoy. Why not upgrade your ticket to the FAMILY SLEEPOVER package, which includes an opportunity to stay all night and even meet an Apollo Astronaut!
Discover how space has made a difference to your everyday life, make your own Sputnik hat, learn about how a group of school boys tracked Russian satellites and spacecraft, find out more telescopes and get hands on with some artefacts from our vaults.
Guest Talks & Workshops
A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space
Join Libby Jackson as she shares the stories of some of the amazing women who made human spaceflight possible and looks to the future to see what’s next.
Libby Jackson is one of Britain’s foremost human spaceflight experts. She was a Flight Director at ESA’s ISS Mission Control and managed the UK Space Agency’s hugely successful education programme for Tim Peake’s mission. Libby now manages Human Spaceflight and Microgravity at the UK Space Agency.
How to Build a Mars Rover
What does it take to build and drive a vehicle on Mars? Meet Bruno, the prototype Mars rover on a special visit from Airbus’ Mars Yard in Stevenage, and learn how UK engineers are tackling the extraordinary challenges of sending a rover to Mars.
Paul Meacham is the Lead Systems Engineer for the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Project at Airbus Defence & Space
Using Space to Scale Uncharted Mountains
Many mountains on Earth remain undiscovered. Join space physicist and mountaineer Dr Suzie Imber to find out how space satellites, supercomputers, and a passion for exploration has led to her first ascents of previously unknown mountains in the Andes.
Dr Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor in Space Physics at the University of Leicester and an experienced mountaineer.
Rocks from Space: Windows to Other Worlds
Meteorites landing on Earth provide us with samples from the asteroid belt, the Moon and Mars, opening windows for us to learn more about these other worlds and their history.
Jane MacArthur studies the mineralogy of Martian meteorites at the University of Leicester, using the latest electron microscopy techniques.
Jodrell Bank and the Space Race
The giant Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire was completed in 1957. It’s first job was to track the Soviet carrier rocket, which launched the Sputnik satellite into space. It was the only instrument in the West capable of doing this. In the years to come Jodrell Bank played an important role during the Space Race, tracking both Americans and Soviet spacecraft. Join Jamie Sloan and find out more about this fascinating period in history and how Sputnik unintentionally helped radio astronomy in the UK.
Jamie Sloan is an Education Manager at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
Workshops and Other Sessions
Join Josh from our Space Communications team to discover more about our very own full scale model of Sputnik 1 – made by Russian company, Znannia.
They based the model on original designs and photographs. Using an exhibit at the RKK Energia Museum, technical drawings, and photographs from the Russian Research Center of Space Documentation, Znannia were able to produce this high-fidelity model of the first man-made satellite to orbit the Earth.
The quality and accuracy of the model was verified by Oleg Genrikhovich Ivanovski – the deputy principal designer of Sputnik. Ivanovski certified that it is a ‘correct and detailed replica of Sputnik 1’.
The Kettering Radio Story
In 1966 two Kettering Grammar School teachers and a handful of keen students, using radio equipment, discovered the location of a new secret Soviet launch station in north Russia, Plesetsk, before the American military or intelligence services had released details.
Meet Robert Christy, a Russian space history expert and a student of the Kettering Satellite Tracking Group.
How the UK Tracked Soyuz
Robert and Josh will introduce you to the Soyuz Spacecraft, as well as the stories behind the early missions and how a group of school children in Kettering tracked them as they passed overhead.
Make A Sputnik Hat
Time to get creative and make your very own Sputnik Satellite hat to take home.
The Moon on a Stick
Ever wanted to create your own world? (not just the fjords!) Now you can mould your very own planet or moon, put it on a stick, decorate it and take it home!
World Space Week 2017 is focusing on “Exploring New Worlds in Space”. Join our Science Interpreters to discover the missions currently being planned to look deeper into our Universe.
What has Kepler achieved, what has Hubble seen and what will James Webb mean to our understanding of our place in the Universe.
Get your hands on some real space rocks, or maybe some dinosaur poo, as we open the meteorite artefact collection box for the night.
Join the Leicester Astronomical Society for an evening of solar viewing and stargazing. Weather permitting.
Tour of the Night Sky
Whatever the weather take a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and discover tonight’s night sky. This 20-minute whirlwind tour will immerse you in the fulldome planetarium and the stars and planets that are visible from Earth.
You are free to explore the National Space Centre’s galleries throughout the night. Please note that Tranquillity Base 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 – 21:30.
A Note on Age Range:
All talks and activities are aimed at a family audience with no science background, but children aged 7 and up and adults will get the most from the evening.
With younger children, parents will need to decide if children are happy to sit through 30 minute talks, but the content should be accessible and engaging.
Crafts have been designed to be fun for all ages.
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.
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.