UK Space Agency to bring its 'Space for Everyone' tour to Newcastle

The UK Space Agency is delighted to announce that it will be docking its 72 ft model rocket outside the Life Science Centre in Times Square, Newcastle, between August 10th - 14th, bringing the awe-inspiring ‘Space for Everyone’ tour to the region.

This exciting initiative aims to captivate and educate the next generation, showcasing the UK’s flourishing space industry and the diverse array of career opportunities available.

Throughout the event, organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature with British Antarctic Survey (BAS), North East Space Cluster, University of Sunderland and AmbaSat will be in attendance - highlighting the thriving space industry in Newcastle and beyond. 

The Space for Everyone tour will serve as a beacon of inspiration, shedding light on the pivotal role that space plays in enhancing life on Earth. Visitors, including children, families, and teachers, will have the unique opportunity to witness first-hand how space technologies benefit our daily lives and gain insights into the continuous efforts to explore the great unknown.

Matt Archer, director of launch at the UK Space Agency, said: “We’re delighted to bring Our Space for Everyone tour to Newcastle so young people and their families can learn not just about space, but also about the vibrant North East space sector and the exciting career opportunities available in the sector.”

“The space sector is diverse and requires people from all backgrounds and with a variety of skills – many not traditionally associated with it. The tour proves you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or even an astronaut, as there are a host of talents needed to bring space closer to our daily lives and improve our understanding of this critical part of the environment for the benefit of the planet and its people.”

The Space for Everyone tour offers an immersive experience, incorporating state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets to provide unparalleled insights into what a launch from the UK looks like, and the job roles involved in making it happen.

British astronaut Tim Peake said: “The Space for Everyone tour will demonstrate the incredible capacity of space to inspire. It took thousands of people to make my mission to the International Space Station possible and there is a huge variety of careers on offer in space right here in the UK. I hope this activity sparks an interest in the future generations who will take our space sector to new heights.”

Linda Conlon, chief executive at Life Science Centre, added: “It’s great that the UK Space Agency’s Space for Everyone tour is coming to Times Square. We know that our visitors love everything about space and we’re anticipating that a lot of people will be coming to learn more about the range of opportunities in the UK space industry.”

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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