The National Space Centre

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The National Space Centre is the UK's only attraction dedicated to space science and astronomy. From the minute you catch sight of the Space Centre's futuristic Rocket Tower, you'll be treated to three breathtaking hours of discovery where the stories, personalities and technology of the past and present are used to explain our current understanding of space and how it will affect our future.

You'll find yourself immersed in an awe-inspiring journey, taking in five differently themed galleries, seeing amazing space rockets, satellites and capsules, taking part in hundreds of interactive hands-on activities and experiencing the latest in audio-visual technology.

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The National Space Centre houses a specialist Space Science Research Unit (SSRU), a new facility including a satellite control suite, offices and clean room space. The SSRU is managed by the University of Leicester which, having an international reputation for space science research, will bring projects of international significance to Leicester on an ongoing basis.

The SSRU links directly to the university's Space Research Centre, part of its Department of Physics and Astronomy which has strong links with ESA, NASA, NASDA and the Russian Space Agency

Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS

Information hotline : 0870 60 77223 (0870 60 SPACE)

Fax : 0116 258 2100



National Space Centre Hotline Number: 0870 60 77223 (0870 60 SPACE)


Science Minister Lord Sainsbury has announced that the National Space Centre will be home to the UK's first government backed Information Centre. The facility will include a new exhibition, website and interactive facilities, which will look at what asteroids and comets are, where they can be found, and what the potential threat from an NEO hitting Earth is. The centre will be up and running by Easter - see for more information!


How to find The National Space Centre

By Road: The National Space Centre is located just off the A6 two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester's inner and outer ring roads. Brown signs will direct from the arterial routes around Leicester.

By Train: Midland Mainline and Central Trains serve Leicester station. Take First Leicester bus Yellow Line 54 (every 10 minutes during the day) from opposite the station to Abbey Lane. The Space Centre is a short walk away down Corporation Road and Exploration Drive.

By Bus: A shuttle bus (cost £2 adult return and £1 child return) operates to the Space Centre from outside Leicester Station via Leicester City Centre (Charles Street) and St Margarets Bus Station every 20 minutes at weekends and during school holidays. Alternatively, the First Yellow Line (number 54) stops on Abbey Lane, a short walk from the Space Centre. The bus can be picked up at London Road station, and in Leicester City Centre from Charles Street and Belgrave Gate. Please call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 for more details.



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