A Leading visitor attraction in the UK, The National Space Centre is located in the middle of the country, in the heart of Leicestershire. The grand opening was in 2001, making it quite a modern research centre; research is done in collaboration with University of Leicester and are on topics of space science and astronomy.
On the visitor side of the centre there is the exciting Soyaz Spacecraft, which is the only one on display in Western Europe. There are 6 other galleries to go through, setting you on a thrilling day to explore space with the comfort of gravity. The galleries cover everything from space flight, a quick look into astronomy, and theories of cosmology. Don’t worry you won’t have to stand on your feet all day, as some of your learning will be done in the impressive Digistar 3-D cinema dome. That’s not the only reason to visit, as The National Space Centre has hosted many an impressive event on site where NASA astronauts had visited to talk about their experiences.
The National Space Centre is in the heart of Leicester city, in between the River Soar and the A6. Head south on the A6 and turn left onto Exploration Drive where The National Space Centre will appear to your left. Coming on foot, it is advised to take a bus from the city centre as the walk from the train station could take up to 30 minutes. Parking is available on site and is a mere £2 for the whole day.
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Did you know in 2007 the National Space Centre celebrated the 50 year anniversary of the first satellite in space, Sputnik?