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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive

Leicester

LE4 5NS

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An evening of space exploration and engineering, with special guests, talks, demonstrations and live stargazing.

Join us for a evening dedicated to the amazing spacecraft, telescopes, and engineering that allow us to explore the universe. We are joined by special guests who will share their experiences of building things that go into space.

Discover how space has made a difference to your everyday life, make Soyuz or Saturn V rocket, learn about how robotic technology is helping us explore our Solar System, find out more telescopes and get hands on with some artefacts from our vaults.

Choose to finish your evening with some live stargazing (weather dependent) or add a film screening to your package and sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium for a night of Contact.

• Space Lates Evening Ticket £5
• Space Lates Evening Ticket + Contact Screening £10

18:00 Building Opens - Sungazing begins
18:30 It is Rocket Science! – LIVE Space
18:45 Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
19:00 Staying Alive in Space - Prof Anu Ojha in LIVE Space
19:00 How to Buy a Telescope – Leicester Astronomical Association in Boosters Café
19:25 Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
19:30 Why Can't We Fly into Space in A Plane? - Dr Nigel Bannister, University of Leicester in LIVE Space
19:45 Into the Unknown - film from Northrop Grumman (38 min) – Shuttle Suites
20:00 How to Buy a Telescope – Leicester Astronomical Association in Boosters Café
20:00 Building Things That Go into Space - Piyal Samara-Ratna, University of Leicester in LIVE Space
20:05 Tour of the Night Sky – Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
20:30 ExoMars Rover: Engineering for the Red Planet - Paul Meacham, Airbus in LIVE Space
20:45 Into the Unknown - film from Northrop Grumman (38 min) – Shuttle Suites
20:45 FILM - 'Contact' PG (additional ticket required)
21:20 Sunset - Stargazing begins
22:00 Building closed to non-film guests
23:00 Film ends and Building Closes

Guest Talks & Workshops

It is Rocket Science!
Robert Copeland, Education Presenter from the National Space Centre

In this live, exciting and explosive show, explore the history of rockets - from the colourful fireworks of ancient times, to the mighty space exploring rockets of today. Join us as we investigate the fiery power of rocket fuel, the explosive nature of forces and much more.
LIVE Space 18:30 – 19:00


Staying Alive in Space
Professor Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy, President of the Astronautic Records Commission (ICARE), Vice-President, Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester

Space is a hostile place and there are countless ways it could kill you. To stay alive, astronauts must rely on the robust engineering of their suits and spacecraft. Join Anu Ojha as he describes the key engineering behind his private collection of space artefacts.
LIVE Space 19:00 – 19:30


Why Can't We Fly into Space in A Plane?
Dr Nigel Bannister, Senior Lecturer at University of Leicester

In space, rockets are the go-to way to get around. By why can’t we take a plane? Find out how rockets work, and why planes don’t, in space.
LIVE Space 19:30 - 20:00


Building Things That Go into Space
Piyal Samara-Ratna, Mechanical Engineer at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

Find out how Leicester has played a role in the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, and hear first-hand from an engineer who has built and tested one of the instruments for this replacement to Hubble.
LIVE Space 20:00 – 20:30


ExoMars Rover: Engineering for the Red Planet
Paul Meacham, Lead Systems Engineer, ExoMars Rover Vehicle Project at Airbus Defence & Space

What does it take to drive a vehicle on Mars? Straight from the Mars Yard in Stevenage, Paul Meacham will explore the main challenges of sending a rover to Mars and describe how we test rovers here in the UK to ensure a successful mission.
LIVE Space 20:30 – 21:00

Workshops and Other Sessions

Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown tells the story of the building of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope – a revolutionary successor to the Hubble Telescope and 100 times more powerful. Launching in late 2018, Webb will reveal a universe we have never seen before and is poised to answer questions such as: How did the universe make its first stars and galaxies?
Film produced by Northrop Grumman. 38 minutes long.
Shuttle Suites - 19:45 and 20:45

How to Buy a Telescope
Join Leicester Astronomical Society for an introduction to telescopes and an opportunity to find out more before you buy.
Boosters Cafe - 19:00 and 20:00

Mars Rover Challenge
Do you have what it takes to remotely operate a rover on Mars? Guide our Lego rovers around boulders, valleys, and aliens before the Martian dust storm approaches.
Orbiting Earth 18:00 – 19:30

Soyuz ‘v’ Saturn V
Build your own spacecraft and launch it into space. See if you can stay on target and win the Great Rocket Challenge.
Orbiting Earth 19:30 – 21:00

NASA Spin Offs
We’ve all heard the one about Teflon, or maybe the one about Velcro, but do we really know how the space industry has benefitted each of us every day? Drop in for a hands-on challenge to find out which inventions you can thank NASA for, and which are just myths.
Orbiting Earth 18:00 – 21:00

One from the Vaults
Join Professor Anu Ojha to get hands on with just some of the amazing space artefacts from his private collection.
Galleries – 19:30-20:00

Astronomy Live
Join the Leicester Astronomical Society for an evening of solar viewing and stargazing. Weather permitting.
Car Park - 18:00 – 22:00 (sundown 21:20)

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.
Planetarium – 18:45, 19:25 and 20:05


Film Screening - CONTACT

Sit back in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and join Jodie Foster for a trip to into the unknown.

Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.

From the Academy Award-winning director of "Forrest Gump" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Contact", this film will take you on a journey to the heart of the universe.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey star in this gripping story of a radio astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth.

Duration 143 minutes – Age PG

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You are free to explore the National Space Centre’s galleries throughout the night. Please note that the Rocket Tower and 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 – 22:00.
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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.

FAQs

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.

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