National Space Centre Group


Welcome to the website! I hope you enjoy it and that you find all the information you need simply and quickly. This page tells you a little bit more about us.

The National Space Centre is an education charity that was set up to help people find out more about space in a fun, interesting and entertaining way. It gets no Government funding to help with running costs, so every penny you spend is invested in our charitable objectives.

Our Mission
The National Space Centre's mission is to increase the general public's interest in space and space applications, influence young people's course and career choices and enhance the size and quality of the UK science and engineering skills pool.

The visitor attraction was the idea of three bright sparks at the University of Leicester: one of the world's foremost centres of excellence in space education and research. Since launch in 2001, it has established itself as a venue of the highest quality with regular new galleries, shows and interactive exhibits that make every visit new and exciting.

We have always produced our own planetarium and simulator shows. In 2007 we formally launched NSC Creative to create and sell shows around the world, and now work for some of the biggest science centres and major corporate clients in 26 countries worldwide. Have a look at nsccreative.com.

Education is at the heart of everything we do. In 2012 the National Space Academy has been launched to help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers. It works with NASA, ESA and a host of brilliant organisations in the UK and overseas. Find out more about our programmes and supporters at nationalspaceacademy.org.

Enjoy your time with us, and thank you for your support.

Prof Sir Martin Sweeting

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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.


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!


Birthday Parties:

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

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