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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

Visitor 3 Million

The National Space Centre opened its doors to the public in 2001. Since that date the attraction has welcomed just under 3 million visitors, so we are now looking for that very special person to step through our doors.

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ISS Science @ Home

The National Space Centre, ESA and Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti need your help!  Would you like to host your very own science experiment, prior to it being carried out on the International Space Station?

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Soyuz Update

We have been looking at many of our major artefacts recently and thanks to members of the Collect Space forum, our attention turned to our Soyuz craft, which currently greets visitors as they arrive at the Centre.

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Another New Artefact

This morning plans were put in place to remove the front of the National Space Centre, to create an easy access point for a new artefact; a Gemini TTV-2 Paraglider Capsule - Test Tow Vehicle.

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New Wedding Venue

When searching for the perfect wedding venue, couples will be able to add a certain out of this world attraction to their wish list, as the National Space Centre has received their Approved Premises Licence.

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Cosmic Valentine

The feast of St. Valentine of February 14 was first established in 496 by Pope Gelasius I.  Today we celebrate romance on this date and we thought it a good excuse to look at Philematology, or the science of kissing.

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Christmas Menu Tasting

It's that time of the year again, when thoughts turn to the festive season!  OK, so maybe February is not when you traditionally think of Christmas, but when you get invited to a menu tasting session, who am I to say no!

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NSC Astro Camp on Tour

The National Space Centre will be celebrating Camping Month (June) by taking the team on tour to East Midlands camp sites and working with owners to host family friendly star parties.

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Design a Timelord Monster

Thanks to the talented and fabulous Ray Phillips, we are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to have their very own monster design become a reality at our Science of the Timelords event.

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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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From our Blog:

The National Space Centre opened its doors to the public in 2001. Since that date the attraction has welcomed just under 3 million visitors, so we are now looking for that very special person to step through our doors.

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Space Now:

Last month our curator helped reveal some of the secrets of our Soyuz. Further research has turned some interesting facts about the operation of the only human rated space capsule currently available. 

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Birthday Parties:

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

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