Space Lates - April

This month our Discovery team explore how satellites improve the future health and sustainability of our home planet.

  • Tickets £8.00
  • Highly Engaging Talks and Workshops
  • Very Limited Capacity

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    Space Lates is an evening created for people who want to know more – those who have an interest in astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK, around the world, and out in space.

    This month our Discovery team explore how satellites improve the future health and sustainability of our home planet.

    We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, interactive workshops and live demos, planetarium shows, and stargazing.

    Explore our galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a live astronomy session with Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).




We Are Guardians

18:45, 19:45 – pre-booked

Head to the UKs largest planetarium to see how ecosystems are intrinsically connected and how with the increasing use of satellite monitoring, we can examine the links between human activities and climate change.



Head to our LIVE Space and Shuttle Suites to hear from our expert guest speakers.

  1. Zaria Astroscale

    Why is space so hard?

    • Zaria Serfontein
    • Product Strategy Engineer, Astroscale UK
    • 18:15 and 20:15

    Space has some incredible benefits, from letting us monitor Earth and respond to environmental disasters to helping us navigate day-to-day life (literally!). We’re sending more and more satellites to space, especially to a narrow band surrounding Earth called low-Earth orbit (LEO), to do things straight out of a sci-fi novel. Astroscale’s ‘space sweepers’ are trying to keep increasingly congested orbits usable and safe. This talk will take you through why space is so hard, all the challenges that come with keeping a satellite in space, and the reason why it’s so important to keep sustainability at the core of all our future missions so we can keep viewing our world from space.

  2. Matt David

    Eye in the Sky: How Satellite Imagery can help Disaster Monitoring

    • Dr Matt Payne and Dr David Moore
    • Post-Doctoral Research Associate and NCEO Research Scientist, University of Leicester / National Centre for Earth Observation
    • 19:15 and 20:15

    Join Matt and David for an enlightening talk that will take you on a fascinating journey through the satellite technology that can be utilised to monitor and respond to environmental disasters. With vivid examples, they'll explore how this technology offers a bird's-eye view of our planet's health and how it can be a game-changer in safeguarding communities and ecosystems. Whether you're a space enthusiast, concerned about the environment, or simply curious about the wonders of satellite technology, this talk will provide valuable insights into the power of space-based observation in our fight against global challenges.

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    TRUTHS: A UK led ESA mission to support climate action

    • Professor Nigel Fox
    • Chief Scientist Earth observation and Climate, National Physical Laboratory
    • 18:15 and 19:15

    Join Nigel to see how satellite observations are helping us understand and respond to the challenges of climate change. TRUTHS, is a climate-focused satellite mission led by the UK Space Agency with international partners and delivered by the European Space Agency. Set to launch in 2023, this mission will make a ten-fold improvement in how we can observe and quantify climate change through its own direct measurements of the sun’s energy and provide a ‘gold standard’ reference data set that can be used to calibrate other satellites.



Join our science communication team and supporting contributors throughout the evening to explore a range of different activities.

  1. satellite altimetry

    Satellite Altimetry

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)
    • National Space Centre

    Join our space communications to find out how satellites map the height of the Earth's surface and become a satellite detective.

  2. Tracking Climate Change

    Tracking climate change

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop in)
    • ESA / National Space Centre

    Explore how satellites are helping to understand and track changes on the planet using ESA’s touchscreen interactive. Discover time lapses of Greenland glaciers, analyse deforestation across the amazon, and see coastal phytoplankton blooms and satellite imagery of wildfires from the UK.

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    Penguin Poo: Finding Colonies

    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)
    • National Space Centre

    Help find the penguin colonies by analysing the Antarctica landmass for their poo, just like satellites do from space.

  1. How fast can you fix your satellite.

    How fast can you fix your satellite?

    • 18:30-21:00

    You are an astronaut repairing a satellite. To complete the repair you have to thread a nut onto a bolt... quite a challenge while wearing space-suit gloves...

  2. LAS


    • 18:00-21:00 (drop-in)

    Meet the Leicester Astronomical Society to find out more about stargazing and to look through their telescopes.

    *weather permitting

About Space Lates

All talks and activities are aimed at adults and families interested in science.
Children are welcome; however, parents/guardians need to decide if children are happy to attend accessible and engaging 30-minute talks.

You are free to explore our galleries throughout the night.
Please note that the Rocket Tower and Tetrastar Spaceport will not be open.

Hot food can be pre-ordered when purchasing your ticket.
Our café will be open throughout the evening.


No, this is an additional evening event that is exempt from the FREE Annual Pass upgrade offer.

This event is suitable for adults and families with an interest in space.

There are 400 free car parking spaces available on site. We are happy to call taxis for people and there is a bus stop to the 54 route within a 6 minute walk of the Centre.

Food and drink will not be allowed to be brought onto the premises

The National Space Centre – [email protected]

No, tickets are non transferable or refundable.

No, once a ticket is purchased no changes can be made.

Either a printed ticket, or a ticket on your phone or tablet (we like the non-printing option, it is better for the planet).

All tickets are non-refundable.

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