Events_2017

UK Public Space Events & Astronaut Appearances (2017)

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  January 2017

Public Stargazing

The Loughton Astronomical Society welcomes all to it's public observing events. No experience or equipment required.
Location:  Theydon Bois, Loughton, Essex.
Date & Time:  6:30pm, Sunday 8th January 2017.

There are no reviews/testimonials for this event.


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 10th January 2017.

There are no reviews/testimonials for this event.

The Mysteries of Black Holes

A public lecture by Professor Cole Miller from the University of Maryland, USA, on the mysteries of black holes.
Location:  University of Birmingham.
Date & Time:  7:00pm, Thursday 12th January 2017.

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Star Party with the Swansea Astronomical Society

View the Night Sky through telescopes with members of Swansea Astronomical Society.
Location:
  National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.
Date & Time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm. Friday 13th January 2017.

There are no reviews/testimonials for this event.

ROE Astronomy Talk - Future Space Telescopes

Join Colin Cunningham as he discusses our current space telescope capabilities and what will be the next big telescopes in space.
Location:  Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
Date & Time:  7.30pm. Monday 16th January 2017.

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Meet ESA Space Shuttle Astronaut Claude Nicollier

Astronaut Claude Nicollier

ESA Space Shuttle Astronaut Claude Nicollier will be speaking at the Swiss & Liechtenstein STEP Federation Inaugural conference.
Location:  Congress Centre Kursaal, Interlaken, Switzerland.
Date & Time:  2:00pm, Thursday 19th January 2017.

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Brave New Worlds

In the past 20 years, more than 3000 planets have been discovered in distant solar systems, but little is known about them. Join astrophysicist Giovanna Tinetti to explore these new worlds, and our Earth’s place in the universe.
This talk is particularly suitable for ages 7+.
Location: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Date & Time:  6:00pm, Friday 20th January 2017.

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Public Stargazing

The Loughton Astronomical Society welcomes all to it's public observing events. No experience or equipment required.
Location:  Theydon Bois, Loughton, Essex.
Date & Time:  6:30pm, Saturday 21st January 2017.

There are no reviews/testimonials for this event.


Meet Astronaut Chris Hadfield in the UK Tour

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Live On Stage Tour

Chris Hadfield returns to the UK after his sell-out 2016 tour to again amaze the public with his live on stage story of his life and journey of his career as a record-breaking astronaut. VIP ticket options available.
Location:
Bristol Hippodrome Theatre
Date & Time:
7.30pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017

Location:
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Date & Time:
7.30pm, Friday 20th January 2017

Location:
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin
Date & Time:
Sunday 22nd January 2017

Location:
New Wimbledon Theatre, London
Date & Time:
7.30pm, Monday 23rd January 2017


Meet ESA Space Shuttle Astronaut Claude Nicollier

Astronaut Claude Nicollier

The 25th Annual Gordon Corps Lecture will be given by Prof Claude Nicollier, ESA Astronaut on Safety Aspects of the Space Shuttle.
Location:
Airbus HQ, France.
Date & Time:
Tuesday 24th January 2017.


Adrift: The Secret World of Space Junk

Adrift in space are millions of pieces of space junk each with the destructive potential of a bullet, endangering astronauts and satellites alike. Join space debris expert Hugh Lewis and artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan as they discuss Project Adrift – their work sheds new light on the space debris problem.
Location:
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Date & Time:
7:00pm, Wednesday 25th January 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
Theater de Bussel, Oosterhout, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
7.30pm, Wednesday 25th January 2017.


Astronaut Tim Peake

Astronaut Tim Peake

Tim Peake will be making a guest appearance for the media to launch the unveiling of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.
Location:
Science Museum, London.
Date & Time:
Thursday 26th January 2017.


Helen Sharman - 1st Brit In Space

Astronaut Helen Sharman

Helen Sharman (OBE) will be making a guest appearance for the unveiling of the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.
Location:
Science Museum, London.
Date & Time:
Thursday 26th January 2017.


Astronaut Tim Peake

Astronaut Tim Peake

Tim Peake will be appearing at the "Tim Peake; An Extraordinary Journey" exhibition.
Location:
The Novium Museum, Chichester.
Date & Time:
Friday 27th January 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
Theater De Leest, Waalwijk, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.15pm, Friday 27th January 2017.


The Astro Show 2017

The Astro Show is all about helping you make the most of your hobby and equipment and throughout the day will feature spectacular seminars from Mary Spicer, Damian Peach and Nigel A. Ball.
Location:
Wex Photographic Showroom, Norwich.
Date & Time:
10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 28th January 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
De Hofnar, Valkenswaard, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.15pm, Saturday 28th January 2017.

  February 2017

Star Party with the Swansea Astronomical Society

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

National Botanic Gardens of Wales.
Date & Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm. Friday 3rd February 2017.


Astronomy For Children

The Norwich Astronomical Society opens its observatory for a day of activities for children to discover space and astronomy.
View the observatory during the day and view the night skies when it gets dark. Aimed at ages 7 years+.

Location:
Seething Observatory, Thwaite St Mary, Norfolk.
Date & Time:
2:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 4th February 2017.


Public Stargazing

An opportunity to view the night sky with astronomers of the Loughton Astronomical Society. No experience or equipment required but if you have just got a telescope then bring it with you and learn how to set it up. Free public event.
Location:
Theydon Bois, Loughton, Essex.
Date & Time:
6:30pm-8:45pm, Sunday 5th February 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
7.30pm, Monday 6th February 2017.


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 7th February 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
Schouwburg Cuijk, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.15pm, Wednesday 8th February 2017.


European AstroFest 2017

European AstroFest is the world's premier space conference and exhibition, bringing together the professional and amateur communities. AstroFest 2016 will be the biggest and best yet.
Conference: We are assembling a stellar line-up of personalities to address the conference. During the course of the two-day event, speakers from around the world will talk on some of the most exciting topics in astronomy.
Exhibition: If you are looking for a new telescope, a better eyepiece, a state-of-the-art CCD camera, a good astronomy book, or are thinking of taking up astronomy at university, European AstroFest 2017 is the place to be.
Guest speakers and exhibitors will start to be confirmed soon.... watch this space!

Location:

Kensington Conference and Events Centre, London.
Date & Time:
10th - 11th February 2017.


The Space Between Us  Cinema Release

What's Your Favourite Thing About Earth?
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant resulting in the birth of the first human born on the red planet. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars - from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team...
UK Cinema Release: Friday 10th February 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
Theater Hanzehof, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.00pm. Friday 10th February 2017.


Cosmonaut Space & Leadership Experience
in  Star City, Moscow with Astronaut Michael Foale

Although not taking place in the UK, this is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for UK students.

Led by NASAs record-breaking astronaut Michael Foale, spend a week training like a cosmonaut/ astronaut at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City near Moscow. Train on the same equipment and facilities as real life astronauts.

Stay in Star City, the world’s training centre for Cosmonauts and Astronauts who are about to venture into space. Develop the exceptional team building and communication skills acquired by astronauts using the same scenarios, equipment and challenges that enable human space flight.

Draft itinerary includes:
A VIP tour of the Russian Space Shuttle Buran, guided tour of the Moscows’ most iconic attractions, Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin Mausoleum, GCTC Grand Tour (ISS, “Soyuz” and “Mir” training centers, Gagarin Museum tour, Mir Station overview in a virtual Mission Control Centre, Wilderness Survival lecture, Mir training: Learn how to operate the Mir Space Station, Lecture at virtual Mission Control Centre, Soyuz Docking Simulation, Wilderness Survival Training, Hands-on training, wearing the “Orlan” and “Sokol” space suits and Mir Scavenger Hunt.... to name some but not all!

Location:
Star City & The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Moscow, Russia.
Date & Time:
11th - 17th February 2017.


Astronaut Michael Foale will be in residence throughout.
British-born NASA Astronaut who flew the NASA Space Shuttle, on the Mir Space Station, Soyuz and Commanded the International Space Station spending over 374 days in space.

Planetarium at Dunstable Downs

Take an adventure across the night sky at the Chilterns Gateway Centre. Following the huge demand for our stargazing nights we will be welcoming Dark Sky Wales and their incredible indoor planetarium. Explore the universe and take a guided tour across the skies and find out more about the mythology behind the stars in a stunning indoor planetarium.
Location:

National Trust Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.
Date & Time:
1:00pm - 4:00pm. Saturday 11th February 2017.
10:00am - 4:00pm. Sunday 12th February 2017.
10:00am - 4:00pm. Monday 13th February 2017.


Stargazing Night at Dunstable Downs

See planets and discover stars. Includes a planetarium ticket, telescopes and talk. Stargazing Bar, Shop and Restaurant will be open.
Location:

National Trust Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.
Date & Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm. Saturday 11th February 2017.


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers and pianist Ralph van Raat take the audience on a musical journey into space supplemented with unique, personal images and stories of space travel from André Kuipers.
Location:
Concertzaal Tilburg, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.30pm. Saturday 11th February 2017.


Partial Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow.This partial eclipse will be visible in its entirety from throughout the United Kingdom.
Location:
United Kingdom. Europe. Africa.
Date & Time:
Saturday 11th February 2017.

Stargazing Night at Dunstable Downs

Discover the wonders of our Universe at Dunstable Downs with an experienced astronomer as your guide.
Location:

National Trust Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.
Date & Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm. Sunday 12th February 2017.


Exploring the Solar System with Robots
A Royal Astronomical Society public lecture by Dr Chris Arridge, Lancaster University.

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


Meet Astronaut André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Dutch ESA Astronaut André Kuipers shares his story of life as an astronaut and personal highlights from his 6 months in space.
Location:
De Rijswijkse Schouwburg, Rijswijk, Netherlands.
Date & Time:
8.15pm, Tuesday 14th February 2017.


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.


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

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.

  March 2017

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 Brian Duffy

Astronaut Brian Duffy

NASA Astronaut Brian Duffy will be visiting the students of Cross Arthurlie Primary School to talk about spaceflight with a team from the Kennedy Space Centre (KSC) in Florida.
Location:
Barrhead, Scotland. (Private Event, No Public Access)
Date & Time:
Friday 3rd March 2017.


Astronaut Richard Hieb

Astronaut Richard Hieb

NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb explains what science is like in outer space. Public lecture.
Location:
Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Date & Time:
7:00pm, Friday 3rd March 2017.


Astronaut Richard Hieb

Astronaut Richard Hieb

NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb explains what science is like in outer space. Family weekend: main talk plus various drop in activities.
Location:
Aberdeen Science Centre, Scotland.
Date & Time:
1:30pm, Saturday 4th March 2017.


Astronaut Richard Hieb

Astronaut Richard Hieb

NASA Astronaut Rick Hieb explains what science is like in outer space. Family weekend: main talk plus various drop in activities.
Location:
Aberdeen Science Centre, Scotland.
Date & Time:
10:00am & 1:30pm, Sunday 5th March 2017.


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.


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!


Visit Hidden Figures Official Movie Website.


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.


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.


Astrosamantha – The Space Woman Record

La Dante in Cambridge is glad to invite you to the screening of 'Astrosamantha – The space woman record’, docu-film about the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti holding the record for the longest single space flight by a woman and for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.
Location:
European Cultural Centre La Dante in Cambridge
Date & Time:

2:00pm-4:00pm, Saturday 18th March 2017.


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.


Mir-92 & Mir-97 Anniversary Special Event

This year celebrates the anniversaries; 25 years of MIR 92 and 20 years of MIR-97 missions.
In recognition of these milestone anniversaries, the Technik Museum Speyer in Germany  is presenting a panel discussion with members of the crew of these two missions.
  • Klaus-Dietrich Flade
  • Alexander Kaleri
  • Sergei Krikalev
  • Alexander Lazutkin
  • Vasili Tsibliyev
  • Reinhold Ewald
The event "Space missions 25 years of MIR 92 and 20 years of MIR-97" is included in the regular admission price to the museum.
Location:
Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.
Date & Time:
3:00pm, Saturday 18th 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.


Monitoring our Hazardous Earth from Space

Satellite Earth Observation technology has transformed the way we respond to and prepare for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Professor Tim Wright discusses the ways that scientists within the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics use satellite technology.
Location:

British Interplanetary Society, London.
Date & Time:
7:00pm, Thursday 23rd March 2017.


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!

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.

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

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.
Location:  The British Interplanetary Society, London.
Date & Time:  7pm,  Thursday 6th April 2017.

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.


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.


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.

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: 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: 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.

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.

Yuri Baturin

Cosmonaut Yuri Baturin

The Prague City Observatory & Planetarium is pleased to host Cosmonaut Baturin who will talk about his flights into space and his stay on the Mir and International Space Stations. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of course.
Free spaces available.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic.
Date & Time:  11:30am, Friday 21st April 2017.

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

Space Missions, the What, How and Why

Royal Academy of Engineering East Midlands Regional lecture hosted by the University of Leicester. Dr Matt Perkins FREng, Chief Executive Officer, Oxford University Innovation Ltd, will deliver his talk about space missions.
Location: University of Leicester.
Date & Time: 4.30pm, Thursday 4th May 2017.

The Future of Space Exploration

The Wells & Mendip Astronomers and BIS (South-west) are hosting a talk on by Dr. David Baker FBIS, former NASA engineer and Editor of ‘Spaceflight’ magazine and is open to both members and non-members.
Location:  Wells & Mendip Museum, Somerset.
Date & Time:   7.30pm, Friday 5th May 2017.

Astronaut Catherine Cady Coleman

"An Introduction to Rocket Science" 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.
Includes live visit and talk from NASA Astronaut Catherine Coleman!
Certificate of attendance signed by the BIS President.

Location: The Royal Institution, London.
Date & Time:  8:30am-6:00pm, Saturday 6th May 2017.

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.


Planets, Galaxies and Time Travel with Professor J.Richard Gott

One of the world’s leading Professors of Astrophysics, J. Richard Gott from Princeton University will take us on an Astrophysical Tour of planets, stars, galaxies , black holes, wormholes, and time travel.
Location:  CNCFD, Soho, London.
Date & Time:  6:45pm, Wednesday 10th May 2017.

Mercury Spacecraft Book Signing

Designed by the US Air Force and developed by NASA, the Mercury spacecraft carried America’s first astronauts into space and served as the template for Gemini and Apollo. Spaceflight Editor David Baker gives a talk on this iconic vehicle, subject of his latest book, and springs some surprises missed by previous historians.
Location: BIS, London.
Date & Time:   7:00pm, Thursday 11th May 2017.

Astronaut Sigmund Jähn
Astronaut Hans Schlegel
Astronaut Mikhail Kornienko
Astronaut Matthias Maurer

German Space Travel Exhibition

Sigmund Jähn (Soyuz 31)
Hans Schlegel (STS-55, STS-122)
Mikhail Kornienko (Soyuz TMA-18, ISS 23/24, Soyuz TMA-16M, ISS 43/44/45/46)
Matthias Maurer (ESA astronaut in training)

Location: Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, Germany.
Date & Time:   13th-14th May 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.


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.

Visit our UK Space Events Map to locate more venues near you.

Astronaut Kevin Ford

Astronaut Kevin Ford

Public event with a lecture about his two space missions followed by Q&A discussion and autograph session. Only regular museum ticket is needed to attend.
Location:  Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.
Date & Time:  2:30pm, Saturday 27th May 2017.


Astronaut Tim Peake

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

Anatoly Artsebarsky

BIS 37th BIS Russian/Sino Technical Forum 2017

The Soviet/Chinese Technical Forum is one of the most popular and longest running events in the British Interplanetary Society’s history. This year will continue the tradition of featuring a wide ranging agenda.
Special guest Soyuz TM-12 Cosmonaut Anatoly Artsebarsky.
Location: The British Interplanetary Society, London.
Date & Time: 3rd-4th June 2017.

A Guide to the Unknown Universe with Daniel Whiteson & Jorge Cham

From Jorge Cham the creator of the 50 million viewed PHD comics and Daniel Whiteson a Professor of Particle Physics, this illustrated talk by a cartoonist and a physicist is perfect for anyone who’s curious about all the great mysteries physicists are going to solve next. Many talks explain what we know about the universe. This one tackles all the weird stuff we haven’t figured out yet and at the same time demystifies a range of complicated things from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes.
Location:  CNCFD, Soho, London.
Date & Time:  6:45pm, Tuesday 6th June 2017.

Douglas H. Wheelock
Robert J. Cenker

An Evening With NASA Astronauts

Join the University of St Andrews  for an evening with NASA astronauts Douglas H. Wheelock and Robert J. Cenker. This is a free public lecture which anyone is able to attend.
Location: University of St Andrews.
Date & Time:  7:00pm, Thursday 8th June 2017.

VISIONS OF SPACE 2 – An Exhibition of Astronomical & Space Art

An Exhibition of Astronomical and Space Art by British IAAA artists, including David A. Hardy FBIS, Fellow and European Vice-President of the IAAA, former BIS President Bob Parkinson MBE, Jackie Burns, Richard Bizley, Gavin Mundy, Mark A. Garlick and Nick Stevens, as well as works by well-known US artists.
The exhibition will also feature a history of space exploration illustrated by models by BIS Fellow Mat Irvine, BBC special affects wizard, designer, producer and director.
Entrance is FREE.
Location: Wells & Mendip Museum, Somerset.
Date & Time:  10am-5pm, Saturday 9th June to Saturday 24th June 2017 (Closed Sundays).

SpaceUp London 2017

On Saturday 10th June, people interested in space will be brought together to discuss, present and learn about space with other students, professionals and space players. Our theme for the day is ‘Your Place in Space‘. We’ll have keynote speakers, T-5 presentations and breakout grid sessions where participants can network and share their ideas.
Location:  University of London.
Date & Time:  Saturday 10th 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

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 Cancelled (Voskhod 2, Apollo Soyuz Test Project)
  • Walter Cunningham Cancelled (Apollo 7)
  • Buzz Aldrin Cancelled (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 Cancelled (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.

Mike Massimino

Astronaut Mike Massimino

The Free University of Glastonbury is a eclectic programme of entertaining and enlightening talks that take place from midday-ish until 4pm in the Crow’s Nest at the top of the Park. Tea and exceedingly good cakes are served. The Free University is a wonderful place to unwind, take in the amazing view whilst listening to talks that cover everything from evolution to The Fall.
Location:  Glastonbury Festival 2017.
Date & Time2:00pm, Friday 23rd June 2017.

Museum of the Moon

The London premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon combines lunar imagery and moonlight emanating from an incredible seven metre moon sculpture, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and a surround sound composition features archive audio from moon landings. 
Location:  Old Royal Observatory Garden, Greenwich Park, London.
Date & Time10:00pm, Friday 23rd June 2017.

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. CANCELLED
Gala Dinner: Kings Croft Hotel, Pontefract. 6:00pm, Saturday 24th June 2017. CANCELLED

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.

Location:  Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
Date & Time:  12pm-6pm, Saturday 24th June 2017.

BIS visit to 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.

Apocalypse How

In billions of years, the sun will expand to engulf the Earth and life on this planet will become impossible. But there are plenty of ways it could end much sooner! Just in time for Asteroid Day, join Lewis Dartnell and a panel of scientists and disaster experts including Vinay Gupta and Hugh Lewis for a discussion on how to cancel the apocalypse.
Location:  Royal Institution of Great Britain, London.
Date & Time:  7:00pm, Wednesday 28th June 2017.

Jeffrey Hoffman

Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman will explain what led to Hubble’s initial problems, recall his shuttle experience as a space telescope “repair man”, and discuss how those repairs have led to the telescope becoming one of the greatest science instruments ever built.
Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland).
8:00pm, Thursday 29th June 2017.

  July 2017

The North West Astronomy Festival

The North West Astronomy Festival is an annual event in Runcorn Cheshire delivering a packed programme of talks, presentations, activities, trade, clubs & societies and a Social Supper.
Sorry, we are unable to recommend or respond to questions concerning this event.
The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn.
10:00am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Nicole Stott
Robert Thirsk
Soyeon Yi
Daniel Tani

International Astronaut Panel

The International Astronaut panel is an annual highlight of each ISU session. ISU participants and the public will have the opportunity to interact with this outstanding group of astronauts who represent over 30 years of international spaceflight experience ranging from the Spacelab, to the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.
  • Nicole Stott (STS-128, ISS 20/21, STS-133)
  • Daniel Tani (STS-108, STS-120, ISS-16)
  • Robert Thirsk (STS-78, Soyuz TMA-15, ISS 20/21)
  • Soyeon Yi (Soyuz TMA-12)
Cork School of Music (Ireland).
8:00pm, Tuesday 4th July 2017.


Bluedot Festival 2017

An intergalactic festival of Music, Science, Technology & The Exploration of Space held at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.
Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July 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).
Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.
2:30pm, Saturday 8th July 2017.
This event has been CANCELLED

Astronaut Mike Foale

Astronaut Mike Foale

British-born astronaut Michael Foale CBE describes his exciting life in space aboard six Shuttle missions and two Space Stations.
In celebration of the West of London Astronomical Society’s 50th anniversary.
Vyners School, Ickenham (UK).
7:30pm - 10:15 pm, Monday 10th July 2017.

Astronaut Daniel Tani

Astronaut Daniel Tani

RTE's Rick O'Shea speaks live on stage with NASA Astronaut Dan Tani and Mission Control Operator Andrea Boyd.
Ed Burke Theatre, Trinity College (Ireland).
3:30pm, Saturday 15th July 2017.


Helen Sharman

Astronaut Helen Sharman

Dr Helen Sharman OBE will be unveiling a plaque to officially open the University of Sheffield’s world-class teaching and research facilities at The Diamond and receive an honorary degree during graduation.
University of Sheffield (UK).
Thursday 20th July 2017.
This is not a public event/appearance.

  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.
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