San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Described as the “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Chris Hadfield will be joining the team of the National Space Centre for a very special day of talks, workshops, book signing sessions and a gala dinner in the heart of our galleries.
Working with Colonel Hadfield, we have created a timetable of events, that will provide fans, families, children and adults the opportunity to meet and speak with this inspiring man.
Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time, he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.
14:30 – 15:30
Take a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. Take a journey with Colonel Hadfield from Earth to the International Space Station. Discover his exciting missions and ask those burning questions you have always wanted to ask.
- £30 (including entry to the National Space Centre)
15:45 – 16:45
In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement – and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff.
- £40 (including a hardback copy of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth)
Dinner with an Astronaut
19:30 – 23:00
Arrival drinks under giant rockets, a three course dinner in the heart of the galleries, a very special post dinner speaker and the opportunity to explore the National Space Centre pre and post dinner.
- Standard Dinner Package £60 including three course dinner and arrival drink
- Top Table Dinner Package £100 including three course dinner and arrival drink
- Add Photo to Dinner Package* £30 including printed 10x8 photo on the night
- Add Autograph to Dinner Package* £30 including a choice of images of Chris or own item
Photo and autograph packages can be purchased as add on merchandise
during your transaction, if you purchase the dinner package.
Please ensure that if you want to add these, you do so at this time,
as they cannot be purchased in isolation later.
Whiskey and Maple Cured Salmon, served with a Dill and Potato Salad, Salad Leaves and a Seeded Mustard Dressing
Split Yellow Pea Soup, topped with Garlic Croutons (v)
Slow Cooked Beef, Cranberries and Chestnuts topped with Flaky pastry, served with Fondant potato and Seasonal Vegetables
Sweet Potato, Spinach and Chestnuts, topped with Flaky Pastry, served with Fondant potato and Seasonal Vegetables
Rich Chocolate and Pecan Torte, with a Black Cherry Compote
*PLEASE NOTE if you add a photo to your dinner package you need to be available to arrive at 18:30. If you purchase an autograph, this session will take place post dinner. The photo and autograph can only be added to a dinner package.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
These events are suitable for families, adults and children.
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.
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.
This event is subject to change and/or cancellation should Col. Hadfield become unavailable to attend for any reason. Refunds shall be issued for tickets purchased, but the National Space Centre will not reimburse out of pocket expense, travel or accommodation costs to attend.