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National Space Centre History

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The National Space Centre will capture and inspire the public imagination in all aspects of space and demonstrate its relevance to life on Earth in the 21st Century.

The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest visitor attraction dedicated to space and space exploration, welcoming around a quarter of a million visitors each year since its opening in June 2001.

The National Space Centre is the idea of the University of Leicester, with support from Leicester City Council. It was the subject of joint bid to the Millennium Commission as a Landmark Millennium Project for the East Midlands.

Since then the centre has hosted an amazing variety of events ranging from visits from legendary astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin, Helen Sharman, Michael Foale, and Piers Sellars to various events such as Star Wars and Doctor Who.

The National Space Centre continues to evolve through the development of new galleries, Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium shows and experiences created for a diverse audience.

The National Space Centre is a registered charity (charity no: 1078832) and not- for-profit organisation in receipt of no government funding.

As a visitor you can help support our charitable objectives by donating to Gift Aid when you purchase your ticket.


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From our Blog:

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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Space Now:

This week we discovered a story that got us scratching our heads. A remarkable event had been potentially documented.

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Birthday Parties:

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

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