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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

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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Spectacular new meteor shower expected.

This weekend we are going to be going a little comet crazy here at the National Space Centre, we have half-term kicking off and also a brand new meteor shower 

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ISS: End of an era?

A recent announcement by Russia’s deputy prime minister looks to alter the landscape of space exploration.

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The Changing Elements of Science

How many elements are there on the Periodic Table? There may be more than you think.

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Eta Aquarids meteor shower

Composite of shooting stars from an Eta Aquarids meteor shower. Image credit: NASA.The 6/7 May will be peak viewing for the Eta Aquarids meteor shower; a meteor shower caused by debris from Halley's Comet.

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A ring of fire

Annular solar eclipse. Image credit: NASA.On Tuesday 29 April 2014, the moon will pass in front of the Sun creating an annular solar eclipse.

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Skydiver's near miss

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

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A view of Mars

Mars. Image credit: NASA.This April is a great time to focus our attentions on Mars. Over the coming month we should get some of the best views of our neighbouring red planet.

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Uranus' Discovery

This week we turn our focus to one of the more unusual planets in our Solar System, Uranus. The third largest planet in our local neighbourhood has some truly perplexing features.

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PLATO gets launch plan

On Wednesday ESA selected its third medium science class mission. They were excited to announce that PLATO would be launched in 2024 to search for planets.

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A closer look at asteroids

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the NEAR Shoemaker mission, the first spacecraft to orbit and touchdown on the surface of an asteroid.

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'Planet' Concordia

Concordia at sunset. Image credit: ESA.The Concordia research station in Antarctica is the most remote place we have that can support humans.

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A week of remembrance

The Apollo 1 crew, the flight STS-51L crew and the flight STS-107 crew. Image credit: NASA.This week saw the anniversaries of three tragic space disasters. At this time it is worth reflecting on the sacrifices we have made to extend our horizons.

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Waking Rosetta

Rosetta calls home. Image credit: ESA.At 10 AM on the 20 January, the onboard 'alarm clock' on the comet-chasing, Rosetta spacecraft sounded; the signal for Rosetta to wake up after over 30 months of sleep.

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Stargazing guide 2014: Sept - Dec

Stargazing 2.0sThis week the UK will be turning its gaze upwards as the nation tunes in for the annual Stargazing Live week, but let’s not forget there are things to see all year long.

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Stargazing guide 2014: May - Aug

Stargazing 2.0s

This week the UK will be turning its gaze upwards as the nation tunes in for the annual Stargazing Live week, but let’s not forget there are things to see all year long.

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From our Blog:

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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Space Now:

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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Birthday Parties:

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

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