The ASDC National Astronaut Programme

Be at the heart of local science celebrations for the European Space Agency's first British Astronaut

On Friday November 20th 2015 the European Space Agency's very first British astronaut, Tim Peake, will launch into space. He will be spending 6 months working onboard the International Space Station, before returning to earth in May 2016.

Please note that this is space travel and dates are subject to change.

To celebrate this exciting mission, the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres has partnered with the UK Space Agency to create and deliver an exceptional National Astronaut Programme. The programme will engage, inspire and involve families with school age children across the UK with the amazing stories, science, team work and innovation in human space flight, and the achievements of Tim Peake.

We are now seeking 15 Science and Discovery Centres and Science Museums across the UK to partner with us for this once in a life-time programme.

We are asking UK science centres to leverage their exceptional talents in engaging families with science in fun and engaging ways, as well as their relationships with press, PR and other partners to publically celebrate the mission in a way that works for them and their family audiences.

The 15 selected centres will be given a host of resources, including a bespoke family show, staff training on the mission and the space station, easy use of films and images from the European Space Agency and the International Space Station, special equipment and a series of hands on activities for meet the expert sessions. You will also have access to media releases, publicity materials and usage of the project and mission logos.

All ASDC members may apply. The deadline is Tuesday March 10th.

All Applications should be sent to

There is a conference call for anyone interested in applying for this project on March 2nd 3pm-4.30pm. If you wish to take part please register using the link below

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