GSC celebrates World Space Week

04 October 2012

Launch a rocket, build your own international space station or meet experts from the UK space industry is just a taste of what’s on at Glasgow Science Centre’s ‘Capture Space’ weekend as part of World Space Week. (4-10 October 2012).

The five star Clydeside attraction, alongside seven other Science Centre’s in the UK, is running space-related events in celebration of the week. Visitors will be able to explore the wonders of the universe from the planetarium, take part in workshops led by the Renfrewshire Astronomical Society, launch rockets, take part in a space mission and build the International Space station from K’nex!

Dr Robin Hoyle, Director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre, said:

“Exploration of space and our understanding of the Universe outside of our planet are a source of wonder across the globe and are regularly cited as inspiring people who take up careers in science. World Space Week, a huge international effort coordinated by the United Nations, is an opportunity to celebrate and share some of this important activity. We are glad that we are able to bring some of the celebrations to Scotland.”

Scientists at Glasgow Science Centre have created a special planetarium show to celebrate World Space Week- Let’s Talk about Space. Visitors will be taken on a guided tour through space using the spoken word, live music, film, animation, 3D visuals and stunning planetarium projections. The activities are being run as part of a joint venture between the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Professor John Womersley, CEO of STFC said:

“These events held as part of World Space Week are an opportunity to engage audiences about space activities and especially UK involvement in them. Another aim is to inspire young people to become the future generation of scientists, technologists and engineers. It is well known that space provides major inspiration for young people as they consider their future studies and career options, and it's critical for the UK that we continue to attract young people into science and engineering to underpin our future competitiveness in the global knowledge economy”.

For more information on the Capture Space weekend, visit www.glasgowsciencecentre.org or call 0141 420 5000.

 

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