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Blog

Welcome to the blog of the National Space Centre. This is where we write the musings from mission control of the Centre. We hope you like it and make comments on what we have to say, we need your feedback to make the National Space Centre truly out of this world (sorry we had to say it).

We have another blog from the brains of the team, which is all about space right now, so we called it Space Now! Smiley

Orionids Meteor Shower

The Orionid meteor shower, a trail of debris left in space by Halley's Comet, will light up the night sky tonight and tomorrow.

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New Artefacts Arrive

Last month the National Space Centre participated in its first auction of space memorabilia and artefacts in over 13 years.  This week a shipping crate arrived with the new additions to our collection.

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Public Service Broadcasting

The National Space Centre often host really amazing events.  We have launched products, met astronauts, served liquid nitrogen ice cream and even had Jet Pack Man deliver the Olympic Torch, but we are very excited about an event announced this week.

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From the Vaults - XMM Newton

Looking a bit like a set from an Indiana Jones film – imagine a cross between Area 51 and a cash & carry – the National Space Centre's artefact store contains items not currently on display at our main site.

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Wedding Photo Shoot

More than any other thing you choose for your wedding; dress, food, entertainment, the venue is the most important decision you will make when planning your big day, as it sets the tone for the whole event.

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Richard Attenborough - BIG

Back in the beginning, when the National Space Centre was still covered in a film of building dust, a lovely chap joined the team to narrate a brand new fulldome planetarium show, that man was Richard Attenborough and this week his show returns to the dome to honour his memory.

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New Milkshakes

Our cafe development is on the launch pad and as part of the new menu we took delivery of a milkshake machine today, so we had to have a "training" session and try some of the new flavours!

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Coffee Competition

The National Space Centre is dedicated to working with local suppliers, people and businesses. We are proud to be in Leicestershire and want to, not only, support the local economy, but also reduce our carbon footprint on the Earth's surface.

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Honour for one of our directors

This week we received some fantastic news at the National Space Centre. Anu Ojha, one of our directors, has been awarded an OBE for services to Science Education.

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The Great British Space Dinner

The UK Space Agency has launched a competition for school children between the ages of 7 and 14 to design a British-inspired, balanced and exciting meal for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake to eat during his 6 month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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National Treasure VOTE

We've been selected as one of the best National Lottery funded projects of the last 20 years. We're one of 12 projects from England competing for the title of 'National Treasure' in a public vote taking place on Facebook.

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Professor Colin Pillinger

Professor Colin Pillinger was a good friend of the National Space Centre team and we were very sad to learn of his death.

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What is Fulldome?

The National Space Centre is home to the UK's largest Planetarium, the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium and it is also home to some amazing, award winning, fulldome shows, but a lot of people don't know what to expect when they walk through the doors.

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Happy Cosmonautics Day

On Monday 07 April we had two visitors from Russia queuing at our door before we opened.  They said they wanted to buy some gifts from our shop for friends and family to celebrate Cosmonautics Day, so after a conversation about their traditions we wanted to celebrate too.

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Vote for Us!

The National Space Centre has been nominated for the Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards 2014 and we need your help to win.

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Professor George Fraser

We were desperately sad to hear of the death of Professor George Fraser.  George was a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Director of the Space Research Centre at the University of Leicester.

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Half Term Hints

February Half Term runs from 15 - 23 February and we thought you might like a few helpful hints to make your visit to the National Space Centre jam packed with fun stuff and easy on the whole family.

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Win Andercon Tickets

In 2010 Gerry Anderson visited the National Space Centre as a guest of BritSciFi.  He became a friend and supporter of the Centre and so when his son invited us to be part of a weekend dedicated to celebrating the worlds and characters created by the legendary television producer, how could we say no.

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Christmas Menu Competition

It's that time of the year again, when we get to sit in one of the conference suites and pretend it is Christmas!

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Small Space Day

Firstly we must say a huge thank you to all those who visited us for our very first Small Space Day, there were over 500 of you!

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From our Blog:

The Orionid meteor shower, a trail of debris left in space by Halley's Comet, will light up the night sky tonight and tomorrow.

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Space Now:

Philae lander as it descends to the surface of comet 67P as taken by the Rosetta orbiter. Image credit: ESA.Ever wondered if it would be possible to land gently on a comet? As of Wednesday 12 November we have managed to prove that we can as the Philae lander made contact with the surface of its target comet!

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Birthday Parties:

Celebrate your birthday at the National Space Centre with our fantastic birthday party packages!

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