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Tim Peake to call World Museum from International Space Station

Posted on Monday 25th January 2016
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Museum selected as the only venue to host educational in-flight call

World Museum has been selected as the only venue in the UK to host a live educational in-flight call with Tim Peake during his mission on board the International Space Station. Tim will call the Museum on 2 February 2016 for a question and answer session with school children, hosted by TV presenter Kevin Fong.

More than 300 children from across the UK will gather at the Museum for the live stream, which will be broadcast in primary schools as part of the ‘Cosmic Classroom’ event, organised by TES, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

To date, more than 10,000 teachers have registered for their classes to take part in the live event, which will also see Tim demonstrate a number of science activities which students will be able to copy from their classrooms. Children from as far afield as Egypt and Oman have submitted video questions for Tim to answer. More than 7,000 questions have been received.

Jon Marrow, Senior Education Manager at National Museums Liverpool, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that World Museum has been selected to host the only live educational in-flight call during Tim Peake’s mission. It’s phenomenally exciting to think that he’ll be calling Liverpool while orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station!

“Thousands of school children and visitors have been engaging in space-related activities here at World Museum over recent months as part of the Destination Space education programme. The in-flight call is an extraordinary way to bring the wonders of human space flight to life for children. We’re sure that it’ll be an incredibly memorable day for everybody involved.”

Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, travelled to the International Space Station in December 2015, where he will live and work until June this year.

Excitement for Tim’s time in space has been building at World Museum after it was selected as one of 20 centres from across the UK to host the Destination Space education programme. The Museum will also be providing special curriculum-linked activities for school children aged 5-14.

The in-flight call takes place as part of a day of exciting activities for the children, who will also get hands-on with Lego rover robots led by robotics specialists from the University of Liverpool. They will also watch live experiments to discover how science makes human space flight possible, and find out more about life on the International Space Station at a special Planetarium show.

There will also be an opportunity for children to learn how to ‘train like an astronaut’ with help from Liverpool John Moores University’s expert sports scientists. The team have developed ‘Mission X’; an international learning challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition in preparation for the demands of space travel.

To find out more about Cosmic Classroom, visit www.tes.com/cosmicclassroom

For more information on the Destination Space programme at World Museum, including upcoming event listings, visit liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/destinationspace

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Notes to Editors

Twenty Science and Discovery centres have been selected to run Destination Space, including: 

National Space Centre


Science Museum


Glasgow Science Centre


Our Dynamic Earth


World Museum


Thinktank, Birmingham Museums Trust


Centre for Life






Eureka! The National Children's Museum


At-Bristol Science Centre


Observatory Science Centre


Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre


Cambridge Science Centre




Techniquest Glyndwr

North Wales

Winchester Science Centre


Dundee Science Centre




Royal Observatory Greenwich


1. Destination Space is a two-year programme funded by The UK Space Agency which aims to inspire young minds with the wonders of human spaceflight and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical skills that make spaceflight possible.

Find out about the team behind Tim Peake and his mission and the technology required to travel to, live on and safely return from the International Space Station. www.DestinationSpace.uk

2. The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is a national charity that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Within our membership are over 60 of the nation’s largest publicly accessible science centres, discovery centres, science museums and scientific bodies. Together our vision is for a society where people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences. Every year in the UK, 20 million people of all ages and backgrounds choose to get involved with science at one of the UK’s science and discovery centres or science museums. This equates to 385,000 people every week who come to our member centres to explore and discuss science in an involving and personal way. www.sciencecentres.org.uk             

3. The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. It is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. The Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in the space-based systems, technologies, science and applications.

It leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefits to all citizens.

4. Tim Peake is the first British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut. After more than three years of training with the ESA’s Astronaut Programme, Tim was selected to live and work on the International Space Station (ISS) for six months. He will carry out a comprehensive science programme and take part in a European education outreach programme in the build up to and during his mission. Tim is one of six astronauts who was selected from among 8,000 hopefuls. Tim is working with the UK Space Agency to help build a strong programme of science. For example, Tim’s flight could expand our international competitiveness in health research, innovative materials and processes, or help us to achieve important scientific results in plasma physics, exobiology or bone and muscle research.

5. In addition to hard science, Tim’s combined programme helps to raise the profile of space with the general public and to inspire students and schoolchildren around the world. The UK will have 100,000 extra jobs in the Space Sector by 2030 and needs talented and creative women and men to design the future. We hope that some of the children inspired by Tim's mission could be the space scientists, engineers and developers of tomorrow.

6. The first ever British Astronaut was Helen Sharman who went into Space in 1991.

7. This national programme is delivered by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres, funded by the UK Space Agency and supported by the European Space Agency.

About World Museum
Experience the world at your fingertips at World Museum, where millions of years of the Earth’s history are revealed through incredible exhibits and hands-on activities. Find out how humans have created the world we inhabit, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. Discover the wonders of the natural world at the Clore Natural History Centre, packed with more than 20,000 fascinating items from our collections to get your hands on, from a hippopotamus skull to a mammoth tooth. Visitors can also get up close to an array of creepy crawlies at the Bug House and explore underwater life in the Aquarium. Complete your visit by blasting off on a spectacular journey through space and time as the universe unfolds around you in the Planetarium. An exciting expansion project is currently underway in World Museum’s Ancient World gallery, which houses the Museum’s Ancient Egypt collection – one of the finest in Europe. The new galleries are due to re-open in late 2016. Open daily, 10am-5pm. Free entry. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml

About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract almost 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk