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MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heros Of Apollo
MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heros Of Apollo
MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heros Of Apollo

  March 2017

Life

Life

The crew of the International Space Station is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars. As they begin to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
Life: Be careful what you search for!
UK Cinema Release: Friday 24th March 2017.
Visit Life Official Movie Website.


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

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

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.

Maidenhead Astronomical Society Stargazing Live!

Maidenhead Astronomical Society Stargazing Live!

In conjunction with the BBC Stargazing Live 2017, Maidenhead Astronomical Association invites you to attend our own stargazing event. MAS members will set up their telescopes for public viewing and talks will be held throughout the evening.
Location:
White Waltham Airfield, Maidenhead.
Date & Time:
6:30pm, Saturday 1st April 2017.

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Make a Quasar at Jodrell Bank!

Quasars are among the brightest, and most distant objects in the universe! They are young, energetic galaxies which existed in the early universe. They shoot out intense jets of radiation, powered by supermassive black holes at their centre which are pulling in matter.In this drop-in session, you can create your own model of a quasar, plus learn how radio observations (including Jodrell Bank’s early experiments to link radio telescopes) led us to find out more about these remarkable objects!
Location: Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
Date: 10:30am & 1:30pm, Weekdays 3rd-13th (maybe 17th) April 2017.

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jodrell Bank Observatory: Meet the Expert!

Here’s your chance to meet one of our resident science and astronomy experts. You’ll get to find out about their work and have the chance to ask the questions you’ve always wanted the answers to.
All ages welcome, but shows are recommended for ages 7+.Free, with general admission.
Location: Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
Date: Weekdays 3rd-17th April 2017.

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jodrell Bank Observatory: The Black Holes Science Show!

Black Holes are some of the weirdest and scariest objects in the universe… But, they are also one of the most misunderstood! Find out more about them in Jodrell Bank’s Black Holes Science Show, including how they are made, what would happen if you fell into one, and how astronomers find them in space! Full of fun experiments and interactive demonstrations, Jodrell Bank’s impressive live science shows are perfect for all the family and entry is included with general admission.
Location: Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
Date: Daily 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm, Weekdays 3rd-17th April 2017.

Stargazing: An Introduction to the Night Sky

Stargazing: An Introduction to the Night Sky
Talk & book signing by Royal Observatory astronomers, Tom Kerss and Radmila Topalovic.

Location:
Foyles Charing Cross, London.
Date & Time:

7:00pm, Tuesday 4th April 2017.


The Last Man on the Moon: A tribute to Gene Cernan by Director Mark Craig

The Last Man on the Moon
A Tribute to Gene Cernan by Director Mark Craig

Mark Craig, director and co-producer of the critically-acclaimed feature documentary The Last Man on the Moon will share his personal experiences of working with Gene Cernan during the process of making the film, giving an engaging and entertaining insight into the life of the late, great Apollo astronaut. The talk will also include personal photos, unseen clips, and an opportunity to purchase the film on DVD and BluRay at a discounted price direct from the Director himself.
Date & Time:  7pm,  Thursday 6th April 2017.

Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov visits Europe's biggest exhibition for human space flight at Technik Museum Speyer, Germany for a free lecture, audience Q&A and mail-in signing. Only standard museum entry ticket is required to attend lecture (350 seats available).
Location:Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.
Date & Time:2:30pm, Saturday 8th April 2017.

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.

Samantha Cristoforetti

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

A free to attend Yuri's Night celebration event including a live on stage interview with ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.
Location:
Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Date & Time:
8:00pm, 12th April 2017.

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

At the heart of the Apollo space programme and a remarkable decade of achievement was the team who worked in Mission Control. They were born against a backdrop of economic turmoil and global conflict. They ranged from kids straight out of college to those toughened by military service.... and an extraordinary team was born. They were setting out on “The most hazardous, dangerous, and greatest adventure upon which mankind has ever embarked”. Through their testimony and the supporting voices of Apollo astronauts and modern NASA flight directors, the film takes us from the faltering start of the programme through Mercury and Gemini missions, the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire to the glories of the Moon landings.
Expected Release:  Friday 14th 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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British Interplanetary Society Introduction To Rocket Science

"An Introduction to Rocket Science"
Certificated Course

SPONSORED EVENT
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 by special guest speakers in the historic Faraday Theatre of The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Certificate of attendance signed by the BIS President.

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.


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
Meet Alexander Volkov
Meet Sergey Volkov
Meet Christer Fuglesang
Meet Brian Cox

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.
Location:
Trondheim, Norway.
Date & Time:
18th – 23rd June 2017.
  • Alexei Leonov (Voskhod 2, Apollo Soyuz Test Project)
  • Walter Cunningham  Cancelled (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)
  • Brian Cox (Physicist)
  • Christer Fuglesang (STS-116, STS-128)
  • Alexander Volkov (Soyuz T-14, Soyuz TM-7, Soyuz TM-13)
  • Sergey Volkov (Soyuz TMA-12, ISS 17, Soyuz TMA-02M, ISS-28/29, Soyuz TMA-18M, ISS 45/46)
    and many more scientists including Planetary Scientists, Astrophysicists and Nobel Laureates.

Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov

Space Lectures are proud to confirm that Alexei Leonov, retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut, Air Force Major general, a writer and an artist will be joining us for public lecture and gala dinner events. Meet first-hand a pioneer from the golden age of manned spaceflight.Lecture, photos, audience Q&A, autographs and gala dinner events.
Lecture: Featherstone, West Yorkshire. 10:30am. Saturday 24th June 2017.
Gala Dinner: Kings Croft Hotel, Pontefract. 6:00pm, Saturday 24th June 2017.

NASA Astronaut Mike Foale

Astronaut Mike Foale
Mir Space Station Collision Special Event

SPONSORED EVENT
An audience with British-born NASA Astronaut Mike Foale to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mir Space Station M-34 collision in space. Mike will narrate, live on stage, a feature length audio-visual presentation including private videos, photos and a personal account of what really caused the collision and exactly how the crew and Mir Space Station were saved.
Event includes meet & greet, photo-shoot, lecture, interview, audience Q&A, autographs and a VIP option.
Come and share in this celebration of a British NASA astronaut and his achievements, the first British citizen to walk in space and former Commander of the International Space Station.
Date & Time: 12pm-6pm, Saturday 24th June 2017.

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.

  September 2017

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Lovell Lecture – Pulsars: Lighthouses of the Skies

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars, we’re delighted to welcome Professor Joel Weisberg to present our September Lovell Lecture. Co-author of over 60 scientific journal articles, author of an annotated bibliography on pulsars, and editor of a further book of pulsar articles, Weisberg is a leading figure in the field of pulsar research..
Location: Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
Date: 7:30pm, Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Star City VIP Tour & Cosmonaut Training Experience

Star City, Russia VIP Tour & Cosmonaut Training Experience

SPONSORED EVENT
Join us for a VIP Tour & Cosmonaut Training Experience in Star City, Russia! You'll spend 4 days living in the heart of Star City with Astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien, gaining insight and hands-on experience with Cosmonaut training direct from the real trainers and technicians of the Russian Space Agency.
Meet real Cosmonauts both historic and present day!
Fully escorted tour including flights, transfers, hotels & more.
Includes 2 days in Moscow for the famous Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, go inside a real Buran Space Shuttle, visit Gagarin and Korolev at the Kremlin wall and some tourist sight-seeing.
This is a non-profit, adult only group tour in partnership with the Int. Space School Education Trust; supporting British student experiments being performed aboard the International Space Station.
BOOK NOW! Click here for further details.

  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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