A Day with Astronaut Don Thomas
£11.01 – £52.69
A Day with Astronaut Don Thomas

A Day with Astronaut Don Thomas

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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive

Leicester

LE4 5NS

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The National Space Centre, in collaboration with Space Boosters, is delighted to welcome former NASA astronaut and veteran of four space missions, Don Thomas to the Centre for a day of inspiration, engineering, fascinating insights and science.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Don Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Don has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-65 (July 8-23, 1994), STS-70 (July 13-22, 1995), STS-83 (April 4-8, 1997) and STS-94 (July 1-17, 1997).

Breakfast with an Astronaut – Shuttle Suites
Join former NASA astronaut Don Thomas for a special breakfast in the galleries. Launch into a great day with an opportunity to spend time with Don and ask questions.
• Bacon, hash brown and cheese in a space friendly tortilla wrap (no crumbs)
• Portobello mushroom, hash brown and cheese in a space friendly tortilla wrap (no crumbs)
• Selection of fruit juices
• Tea, coffee and jugs of iced water

09:00 – 10:00
£25 per person (including breakfast and entry to the National Space Centre for the day)
£15 per person (including breakfast – NO entry to the Centre)


Autograph Session – Shuttle Suites
Something for the collection, or the perfect gift for any space enthusiast or fan. Don will be signing photos and copies of his book, Orbit of Discovery.

Orbit of Discovery is an engaging first-person account of Discovery’s STS-70 mission that shares the excitement, passion, adventure, accomplishments, and shear fun of the Space Shuttle Program as told by four-time veteran astronaut Don Thomas.

11:00 – 13:00 (ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)
£10 per autograph on a 10x8 souvenir photo (provided for you)
£25 for a signed copy of the book
£10 per autograph on any items you bring to the session


Q&A Session with Don Thomas - Planetarium
Take a seat in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium to discover the stories and secrets of four Shuttle missions. An opportunity to ask questions, find out more and be inspired by one of NASA’s brightest stars.

14:30 – 15:30 (ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)
£10 per person

Photo Shoot – Shuttle Suites
Have your photo taken with four-time Space Shuttle veteran Don Thomas. This includes a print on the day service and a unique memento that will also be autographed during the day. A perfect backdrop, this shoot will take place in the Challenger Learning Centre.

16:00 - 17:00 (ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)
£20 per photo (including autograph)


Pre-Dinner Photo Shoot – Shuttle Suites
Have your photo taken with four-time Space Shuttle veteran Don Thomas. This includes a print on the day service and a unique memento that will also be autographed during the day. A perfect backdrop, this shoot will take place in the Challenger Learning Centre.

18:30 – 19:30 (ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)
£20 per photo (including autograph)

Dinner with an Astronaut
Created by the award nominated in house team at the National Space Centre, this special three course space themed dinner will be hosted by Don Thomas:

First food eaten on the moon - bacon cubes, coated with gelatine to combat crumb. In the daily rations were rehydrated peaches.
Ham Hock Terrine served with a Spicy Peach Chutney, Rocket and Aged Balsamic glaze
Or
Meal C on Apollo 11 included a potato soup, which was eaten in by Michael Collins “I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life.”
Cream of Potato Soup with Crispy Leeks and an Apple Crumb

John Glenn was the first American to eat in space aboard Friendship 7 in 1962. He had a tube of applesauce, followed by a tube of beef and vegetables, consumed on his first orbit over North Africa.
Braised Blade of Beef served with Apple and Horseradish Fondant Potato, Roast Beetroot and a Red Wine Jus
Or
Vegetarian TBC

M&M’S® have been a part of every space shuttle mission since Columbia first launched on April 12, 1981. M&M’S are included in NASA’s space food system, as well as featured on the International
Space Station (ISS) menu.
Dark Chocolate and M&M Peanut Tart served with a Raspberry Sorbet

On 3 May 2015, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti became the first person to drink freshly brewed coffee in space.
LAVAZZA COFFEE

19:30 – 21:30
£50 Three course dinner, pre-dinner space cocktail and an after dinner presentation by Don Thomas

Post-Dinner Autograph Session – Shuttle Suites
Something for the collection, or the perfect gift for any space enthusiast or fan. Don will be signing photos and copies of his book, Orbit of Discovery.

Orbit of Discovery is an engaging first-person account of Discovery’s STS-70 mission that shares the excitement, passion, adventure, accomplishments, and shear fun of the Space Shuttle Program as told by four-time veteran astronaut Don Thomas.

21:30 – 22:30 (ticket does NOT include entry to the National Space Centre)
£10 per autograph on a 10x8 souvenir photo (provided for you)
£25 for a signed copy of the book
£10 per autograph on any items you bring to the session

FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
We have created a series of events that are suitable for families, adults and children. Please note the evening dinner has been designed as an adult only gala dinner.

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 Don 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.

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