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  February 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures  Cinema Release


Meet the women you don't know, behind the mission you do.

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Now Showing In All UK Cinemas!


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Helen Sharman - 1st Brit In Space

Astronaut Helen Sharman

Join Helen Sharman (OBE) for this inspirational talk, as she recounts her fascinating first hand experiences of journeying into space.
Location:
NI Science Festival, Queen's University, Belfast.
Date & Time:
4:00pm, Sunday 19th February 2017.


The British Interplanetary Society Events

Manifest Destiny: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Mars Colonization

Join a  diverse group of academics and members of the general public to discuss the challenges we face with regards to the colonization of other planetary bodies, with a specific focus on Mars.
Location:

University of Edinburgh Astrobiology Society.
Date & Time:
22nd-24th February 2017.


How to measure the Universe
The Royal Institution of Great Britain

How To Measure The Universe

Our Universe is, at the very least, 100 billion light years – or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 metres – across. But where does this number come from? How can we measure the distance to even the nearest star when we’ve never visited? And, at a time when cosmologists reckon our Universe may be just one of many in a giant multiverse, will we ever truly grasp the magnitude of what’s out there? Join Dr Andrew Pontzen, a cosmologist at University College London, on a voyage into the farthest reaches of space and time.
This talk is particularly suitable for ages 11+.

Location:

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Date & Time:
6.00pm-7.15pm, Saturday 25th February 2017.

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  March 2017

Star Party

Star Party with the Swansea Astronomical Society

View the Night Sky through telescopes with members of Swansea Astronomical Society.
Location:

Swansea Airport.
Date & Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm. Friday 3rd March 2017.


Astronaut Richard Hieb

Astronaut Richard Hieb

NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb explains what science is like in outer space.Main talk plus various drop in activities are on offer including a planetarium show, Space on the Spot and hands-on floor activities.
Location:
Aberdeen Science Centre, Scotland.
Date & Time:
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th March 2017.


UKSEDS National Student Space Conference
UKSEDS National Student Space Conference

UKSEDS National Student Space Conference

The premier event for students interested in space, uniting them with academics and professionals from across the country to network, share knowledge, and discuss the challenges facing the sector.
Location:
University of Exeter.
Date & Time:
Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th March 2017.


Royal Astronomical Society

Gaia – Mapping the Milky Way from Space
A Royal Astronomical Society public lecture by Professor Gerry Gilmore, Cambridge University.

Location:
The Geological Society, Burlington House, London.
Date & Time:
1:00pm & 6:00pm. Tuesday 14th March 2017.


Public Tour & Star Gazing - Orwell Park Observatory

Orwell Park Observatory Tour & Observing

The Orwell Astro Society will be your tour guide through the rooms and history of this magnificent building.
Location:
Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, Ipswich.
Date & Time:
8.15pm. Tuesday 14th March 2017.


The British Interplanetary Society Events

BIS Cosford Conference

Join the British Interplanetary Society for an entertaining and informative weekend at the RAF Cosford Museum.
Location:

RAF Cosford, Shropshire.
Date & Time:
18th-19th March 2017.


Meet Astronaut Don Thomas

Astronaut Don Thomas

NASA astronaut Don Thomas discusses his career including 4 flights to space on the Space Shuttle.
Location:
Calderfields Golf and Country Club, Walsall.
Date & Time:
6:45pm, Wednesday 22nd March 2017.


Life

Life  Cinema Release

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As the crew begins to conduct research and their methods end up having unintended consequences, the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected. Be careful what you search for!
UK Cinema Release: Friday 24th March 2017.
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Meet Astronaut Don Thomas

Astronaut Don Thomas

Meet former NASA astronaut Don Thomas; Breakfast, Talks, Autographs, Photos and Gala Dinner ticket options available.
Location:
The National Space Centre, Leicester.
Date & Time:
Saturday 25th March 2017.


Meet Astronaut Scott Altman in the UK

Space Lectures Gala Dinner with Astronaut Scott Altman

Join Space Shuttle Astronaut Scott Altman for a social gathering of space enthusiasts at this gala dinner event.
Location:
Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract, Yorkshire.
Date & Time:
6:00pm, Friday 31st March 2017.

  April 2017

Meet Astronaut Scott Altman in the UK

Space Lectures with Astronaut Scott Altman

Join Space Shuttle Astronaut Scott Altman for a lecture about his NASA career, photos and autographs.
Location:
Carleton Community High School ‘The Infinity Theatre’, Pontefract, Yorkshire.
Date & Time:
2:30pm, Saturday 1st April 2017.

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Royal Astronomical Society

Our Dynamic Sun
A Royal Astronomical Society public lecture by Dr Helen Mason; solar scientist at the University of Cambridge.

Location:
The Geological Society, Burlington House, London.
Date & Time:

1:00pm & 6:00pm. Tuesday 11th April 2017.


Public Tour & Star Gazing - Orwell Park Observatory

Orwell Park Observatory Tour & Observing

The Orwell Astro Society will be your tour guide through the rooms and history of this magnificent building.
Location:
Orwell Park Observatory, Nacton, Ipswich.
Date & Time:
8.15pm. Tuesday 11th April 2017.


Edinburgh International Science Festival
The Race For Space Live

The Race For Space Live

Join London-based outfit Public Service Broadcasting perform their hit album The Race for Space from start to finish.This very special evening will bring stories and samples from the American and Soviet space race to life before your eyes and ears.
Location:
Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
Date & Time:
7:30pm-10:30pm, Wednesday 12th April 2017.

The future for the UK space industry

The Future For The UK Space Industry

In the context of Government’s ongoing target for the UK to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030, delegates at this conference will consider key opportunities and challenges ahead for the UK space industry. Speakers and other delegates at this conference are expected to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament.
Location:
London. Check website for further details.
Date & Time:
Tuesday 25th April 2017.

  May 2017

Prof Brian Cox UK Tour
Prof Brian Cox UK Tour

Prof. Brian CoxLive UK Stage Tour

Peterborough Arena. Thursday 4th May 2017.
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena. Friday 5th May 2017.
Liverpool Echo Arena. Saturday 6th May 2017.
Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre. Sunday 7th May 2017.
Derby Arena. Tuesday 9th May 2017.
Plymouth Pavilions. Wednesday 10th May 2017.
Nottingham Motorpoint Arena. Thursday 11th May 2017.
Birmingham Barclaycard Arena. Friday 12th May 2017.
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. Saturday 13th May 2017.
Leeds First Direct Arena. Sunday 14th May 2017.
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May 2017.
Glasgow SSE Hydro. Friday 19th May 2017.
Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. Saturday 20th May 2017.
Manchester Arena. Sunday 21st May 2017.
Belfast SSE Arena. Tuesday 23rd May.
Dublin 3Arena. Wednesday 24th May 2017.
London SSE Arena Wembley. Friday 26th May 2017.

Due to the high popularity of this tour, these extra dates and venues have been added!

The hotly anticipated tour by the acclaimed Professor Brian Cox, OBE. The show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Brian Cox Live will test the limits of our knowledge and make highly complex ideas accessible to all. Always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries, Professor Brian Cox takes science to a new dimension in this new stage show.

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The British Interplanetary Society Events

BIS An Introduction to Rocket Science

The British Interplanetary Society is offering a one-day ‘course’ aimed at the general public with no knowledge of space. There will be 12 presentations, each covering a different aspect of space science, done quickly, entertainingly and giving an overview.
Location:
The Royal Institution, London.
Date & Time:
8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 6th May 2017.

Royal Astronomical Society

ESA's Space Science and Exploration Missions

Prof. Mark McCaughrean presents recent results from ongoing missions, including the Milky Way surveyor Gaia, the gravitational wave technology testbed LISA Pathfinder, and present results from two major solar system missions, namely the Rosetta comet chaser and the ExoMars 2016 mission. Concludes with a look forward to the exciting new mission currently being built.
Choice of afternoon and evening lectures. No booking required.

Location:

The Geological Society, Burlington House, London.
Date & Time:
1:00pm & 6:00pm. Tuesday 9th May 2017.


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Pint of Science Festival 2017

Pint of Science Festival UK

Pint of Science returns to pubs throughout the UK with a series of talks from leading scientists and professionals.
Location:
Pubs throughout the United Kingdom.
Date & Time:
15th - 17th May 2017.


UK Space Conference 2017

UK Space Conference 2017

The UK Space Conference brings together the space community to focus on positioning the UK as a leading economy in this fast developing sector. The event is an opportunity to exchange information and improve understanding between government, industry, academia, end users, education providers, researchers and the financial community.
Location:
Manchester Central Convention.
Date & Time:
Tuesday 30th May - Thursday 1st June 2017.

  June 2017

The British Interplanetary Society Events

BIS Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum

The Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum is one of the most popular and longest running events in the British Interplanetary Society’s history. This year marks the 37th Forum since its inception in 1980 and will continue the tradition of featuring a wide ranging agenda.
Location:
The British Interplanetary Society, London.
Date & Time:
 3rd-4th June 2017.

Meet Astronaut Alexei Leonov - The first man to walk in space.
Meet Apollo Astronaut Walter Cunningham
Meet Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin
Meet Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke
Meet Apollo 17 Moonwalker Harrison Schmitt
Meet NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Sandra Magnus
Meet NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Terry Virts
Meet Stephen Hawking Theoretical physicist

STARMUS Festival IV: Life And The Universe

The Starmus Festival was born to celebrate science and the arts with the goal of bringing an understanding and appreciation of science to the public at large. Starmus IV is going to be the biggest Starmus festival yet: an international star-studded gathering of scientists, artists, musicians, writers, business leaders, and more; all coming together to celebrate science. It will be an exciting festival of talks, concerts, debates, parties, and learning.
  • Alexei Leonov (Voskhod 2, Apollo Soyuz Test Project)
  • Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7)
  • Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11)
  • Charles Duke (Apollo 16)
  • Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17)
  • Sandra Magnus (STS-112, STS-126, ISS 18, STS-135)
  • Terry Virts (STS-130, Soyuz TMA-15M, ISS 42/43)
  • Stephen Hawking (Theoretical physicist)
    and many more scientists including Planetary Scientists, Astrophysicists and Nobel Laureates.
Location:
Trondheim, Norway.
Date & Time:
18th – 23rd June 2017.

NASA Astronaut Mike Foale

An Audience with Mike Foale - 20th Anniversary Exclusive

This event is exclusive to friends and followers of The Armchair Astronaut.
Join British-born NASA Astronaut Mike Foale as he discusses his career from humble beginnings in Lincolnshire to becoming a record-holding NASA Astronaut. This special event will pay tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Mir/M-34 collision.

Location:
Central Milton Keynes. Ticket sale link coming soon.
Date & Time:
12pm-6pm, Saturday 24th June 2017.

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BIS Trip to visit RAF Spadeadam and Old Blue Streak Facilities
RAF Spadeadam and Old Blue Streak Facilities
BIS Trip to visit RAF Spadeadam and Old Blue Streak Facilities

BIS Proposed trip to visit
RAF Spadeadam and the Blue Streak Facilities

The BIS History Committee is proposing a visit to RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria to tour the RAF station and visit the surviving old Blue Streak testing facilities. The Spadeadam Rocket Establishment was chosen by the Ministry of Aviation in 1955 as the first site to develop and test the proposed Blue Streak IRBM. The first underground launch site was also to be built. The design of the test facilities was the model for the eventual Woomera Launch Centre in Australia.
Exclusive to BIS members only.
Please contact the BIS to register your interest before end of July 2016 (link below).

Location:

RAF Spadeadam, Cumbria.
Date & Time:
Proposed visit will take place over two days, probably during the 19-25th June 2017.

  July 2017

Bluedot Festival 2017

Bluedot Festival 2017

An intergalactic festival of Music, Science, Technology & The Exploration of Space held at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Location:
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.
Date & Time:
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017.

  August 2017

SolarSphere 2017

SolarSphere 2017: Astronomy & Music Festival

A family festival combining Music and Astronomy. Event includes; Solar and night sky observing, planetarium shows, astronomy talks and workshops, trade stands, camping and lots of music. A full schedule of events will be confirmed nearer the time.

Location:
Penmaenau Farm Builth Well Powys Wales.
Date & Time:
Friday 11th August 2017 - Monday 14th August 2017.

  October 2017

World Space Week 2017

World Space Week 2016
Cunard QM2 World Space Week 2017 Cruise
Meet NASA Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman

"Space Cruise" Cunard Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing

Embark on a 7 night Eastbound Transatlantic crossing aboard the Cunard Queen Mary 2 and celebrate International World Space Week with a host of space experts from many fields. Guest speakers include:
  • Charles Barclay (Royal Astronomical Society)
  • Dr Ken MacTaggart (NASA Historian)
  • Jeffrey Hoffman (NASA Astronaut)
  • Stephen Attenborough (Virgin Galactic)
Location:
New York to Southampton. Eastbound Transatlantic.
Date & Time:
6th - 13th October 2016.


The International Astronomy Show 2017

The International Astronomy Show 2017

One of the astronomy social events of the year! World renowned speakers, trade stands, displays and more.
List of speakers and exhibitors to be announced over the coming weeks. Watch this space!
Location:
Date & Time:
13th-14th October 2017.
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