Launch of new space programme

Herstmonceux Observatory SUS-141012-155821001
Herstmonceux Observatory SUS-141012-155821001

The Observatory Science Centre has been chosen to take part in a hands-on programme of activities linked to the upcoming mission of the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut.

The centre, in Herstmonceux, is one of 20 centres nationwide taking part in the inspirational and exciting scheme.

The Destination Space programme, backed by the UK Space Agency, is designed to inspire young minds with the wonder of space flight and provide them with a unique opportunity to learn about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

It will give children across the UK the chance to learn about astronaut Tim Peake’s upcoming mission and understand his work on the International Space Station through a series of hands-on experiments, live astronaut shows, workshops and live video from the Space Station.

The programme is accessible via a calendar of events taking place at each of the science centre involved from October 2015.

Dr Sandra Voss, science director at the Observatory Science Centre, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this exciting programme.

“From October 2015, we will be running a number of special events as part of Destination Space, including family shows about Tim’s mission, which will engage and inspire people.

“Special curriculum-linked activities for children aged five to 14 will also be started here from January 2016 while Tim is in space.

“Please visit our website, nearer the time for details.”

Dr Penny Fidler, CEO of the Association of Space and Discovery Centres, and director of Destination Space, said: “Tim Peake is the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut and we want children and families to feel they are truly a part of his exciting mission.

“His journey and time on the International Space Station provides a great opportunity to encourage children to be more curious, ask big questions and enjoy science.”

Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, said: “Tim Peake’s space mission will be a huge moment in British history that we want young people all across the country to share in. I hope that schools and students will get involved with these fantastic projects to follow Tim’s journey and learn alongside him as he flies into space.”

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