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Space Now!

Hello weary space traveller. Please sit down and put your feet up. Here you will find all the news you need from space direct from the Space Communications team at the National Space Centre. No need to ever leave your TARDIS again.Smiley

Astronaut Ingenuity

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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Total Solar Eclipse - 20 March

Total Solar Eclipse. Image credit: NASA.On Friday the 20 March there will be a total solar eclipse. Here in the UK we will see the Sun almost entirely covered as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. Print out our Eclipse-o-scope for a way to watch the eclipse safely.

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Dawn arrives at Ceres

Artist's impression of Dawn approaching Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL.On 6 March the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at the second of its two protoplanetary targets. Its target is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres.

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Apollo 11 Artefacts Found

A mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's wardrobe has been given to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum by his widow, Carol.  The contents are a startling discovery, nobody knew where there.

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Close encounters of the interesting kind

While most of you slept on Monday night, the Earth had a close encounter with a celestial neighbour, or as it turns out, neighbours.

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Near Earth Object

An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon tonight (January 26 2015).

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The Beagle has Landed!

After more than a decade the landing site of the British Martian lander, Beagle 2, has been spotted. The images suggest that the lander may even be intact and partially deployed on the surface of the Red Planet. 

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Geminids Peak - The Final Meteor Shower of the Year

Geminids meteor shower. Image credit: Jeff Dai.The Geminids meteor shower is thought by many to be one of the most spectacular meteor shower of the year. Find out all you need to enjoy this meteor shower when it peaks on the 13 December.

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We can land on a comet!

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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Mars' close encounter

Comet Siding Spring as seen from NEOWISE. Image credit: NASA.On 19 October 2014 Comet C/2013 A1 made a close fly-by past our neighbouring planet Mars.

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Spaceflights next giant leap?

As NASA continue to make progress on their Orion spacecraft one visitor asks; Why is it only a small step and not a giant leap?

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NASA calls a taxi for the ISS

NASA have announced the next step in human spaceflight. They have selected two private companies to run Space Station 'Taxis' so they can concentrate on deep space exploration. 

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The Destiny of Spaceflight

Future Newcastle. Image credit: Activision.Recently Activision asked for some insights into the future of space flight. Together we created a futuristic glimpse of some iconic UK cities to celebrate the release of their new video game, Destiny.

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Comet chaser Rosetta Update

Following an ambitious 10 year journey, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft entered 'orbit' around comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Rosetta's Rendevous

Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Image credit: ESA.On the 6 August the Rosetta spacecraft arrived at the destination it has been travelling for more than ten years to reach - an orbit around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Final journey for ATV

ATV-5 logo. Image credit: ESA.On the 29 July the fifth and final ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will be lauching to the International Space Station (ISS) and onboard will be cargo that the National Space Centre helped create!

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Mission: Balloon Launch

2.0 flying above the National Space Centre.To celebrate the National Space Centre's 13th Birthday we launched a weather balloon into near space with a very special astronaut on board!

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Infographic: Sally Ride

We gathered some facts to celebrate the anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space. 

 

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What does it take to land on Mars?

Artist's impression of Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator. Image credit: NASA.For years Mars has been capturing our imagination as a potential site for human colonisation or alien life. In order to further the discovery of our red neighbour the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator mission is working hard to find new and inventive ways of landing safely on Mars. 

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SpaceX announces Dragon V2


Elon Musk has unveiled SpaceX's "21st Century" spacecraft, the Dragon V2. The next stage in their rapidly growing space empire. 

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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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