3-2-1 Blast off! at World Museum

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300 school children will gather to watch Tim Peake's launch into space

World Museum will celebrate British astronaut Tim Peake’s launch into space on Tuesday 15 December with an exciting day of space-themed events for 300 primary school children.

Children will gather to watch a live broadcast of the rocket launch, before taking part in a series of interactive activities designed to teach them about life on the International Space Station, and the fascinating science behind human space flight.

Tim Peake, the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, will travel to the International Space Station where he will live and work until June 2016. Excitement for the launch has been building at World Museum for several months, after it was selected as one of 20 centres from across the UK to host the Destination Space education programme.

Jon Marrow, Senior Education Manager at National Museums Liverpool, said: “The Destination Space programme has proved to be a huge hit so far with school groups and visitors alike. To date, more than 11,000 people have taken part in the events here at World Museum.

“We can’t wait to celebrate Tim’s launch with children from across Merseyside. I’m sure that it will be a memorable day for them, and hopefully one that might inspire them to think about working in the space sector in the future. Space flight is the ultimate team effort, made possible by a huge crew of talented individuals – there really is a role for everyone out there!”

After watching the launch, children can 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.

Professor Andrew Newsam from the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University will close the day’s events with a talk revealing how modern technology is opening up a view of the Cosmos on a scale that astronomers would never have believed possible, just a couple of generations ago.

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

Special curriculum-linked activities for school children aged 5-14 will begin at World Museum in January 2016, during Tim Peake’s time in space. 

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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. His flight is expected to take place in December 2015. 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

From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands on activities. Find out how humans have created the world we inhabit, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. Look out for the Ancient Egypt gallery where our collection is amongst the finest in Europe, bringing this age old civilisation to life. Discover the wonders of the natural world in the Clore Natural History Centre, packed full of mounted and preserved specimens of all types of animals, as well as rocks, minerals, fossils and plants. The Aquarium is home to fish from Australia to Anglesey, while an array of creepy crawlies live in the Bug House.Then, blast off on a spectacular journey through space and time as the universe unfolds around you in the Planetarium. 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