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Find out what we've been up to in the education team! Check back for new programmes, documentation of events, workshops and special events!Smiley

Back to school

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!

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The Great British Space Dinner

Tim Peake in front of the Union Jack. Image credit: ESA.The UK Space Agency has launched a competition for school children between the ages of 7 and 14 to design a British-inspired, balanced and exciting meal for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake to eat during his 6 month mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Astronaut lands at the National Space Centre

On Friday 13 December, the National Space Centre had the privilege of entertaining a very special guest. Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent more than a hundred and sixty days in space and joined us for an afternoon, answering questions from school children and members of the public.

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Working Summer

astronautgeorgeYippee! The school summer holidays are finally here and just in time, as we’ve had a busier July than usual this year. Time for a nice rest until September?

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Women in Science

 Joclyn Bell BurnetMay half term has all been about women in science. We have been celebrating female scientists in honor of the 40th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman in Space.

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Disaster Management

dscf0677smaller Over the past eight years we have regularly run Operation Montserrat, our disaster management simulation video conference. But last week we ran one with a difference!

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Gastronauts & Egg-onauts

photo 1gastrosmall This week we kicked off our Gastronauts event. Over the holiday period we have all sorts of foodie people visiting us, explaining the science of food, showing us how to cook and showing us some weird and wonderful foods.

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Busy Half Term

There is a common saying, “the calm before the storm”.

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Snow doesn't stop us!

 karenDespite the bad weather, life in the Education Team doesn’t stop!

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Stargazing StarDomeWell, 2013 has started with a bang; we well and truly hit the ground running here in the Education Team.

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The End of 2012

The end of the world is nigh...........

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Astronaut George has a day out

It isn’t very often that Astronaut George gets the chance to leave the National Space Centre......

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Spooky Space Centre

 As we approach Halloween the National Space Centre is getting a lot creepier: we are well and truly into our half term programmes.

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Aliens & Slime

Well this week has been exciting. We were very privileged to be invited to the World premiere of the new Full Dome show ‘We are Aliens’. This film was made by our fantastic in-house NSC Creative Team and narrated by Rupert Grint.

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StarDome has busy week

It was a busy week for our StarDome portable planetarium as we spent the whole week in Grantham, presenting exiting shows to both the general  public and school students.

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Spooky Science

Halloween arrives with a BANG!

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Planetarium Conference

Now school term time has begun again

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Neil Armstrong

This week we received the tragic news, that following complications from his heart surgery, Neil Armstrong had passed away.


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A Hair Raising Week!

It is hard to believe that it is just two weeks since NASA's Curiosity Rover touched down on Mars. It has been sending back some fantastic images, see below, of the Red Planet from its onboard cameras.

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Astronaut George Blasts Off!

Well, it has been a fun packed summer so far, what with the GEM 106 team coming in each week, and testing themselves against the public, to see who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

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IPS 2012

The question of how many planetariums exist around the world never entered my mind, until last week when I went to the International Planetarium Society’s 2012 conference (IPS 2012) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Reach for the Stars!

GEM stars make rockets

This Summer the Gem 106 stars are here to see if you have what it takes to become an astronaut!

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Explaining the Stars

My favourite place to be in the world is looking up at a clear night sky.

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Olympic torch send off

It just keeps getting better!

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A & E: Astronaut & Emergencies

This week has certainly been a busy one!

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Question Time

George Fraser

We have only just recovered from half term. I have never seen so many visitors!

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The Search for Life


The British weather did what it does best over the Bank Holiday and thanks to the rain we had one of the busiest half term holiday weeks on record!

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Our first blog!

Chris Darby

Rockets, Space missions and things that go bang just when you think it is safe to relax!

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Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

Blast off on one of our specatacular space missions!

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