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UK Space Agency joins forces with ASDC to bring astronaut's mission to children across the UK

Backed by the UK Space Agency, science centres across the UK have joined forces with the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake, to provide children all over the UK with a unique opportunity to learn about human space flight and follow life on the International Space Station.

With over 20 million visitors to UK science centres every year, Destination Space will give children across the nation the chance to learn about Tim Peake's mission through hands-on experiments, rocket demonstrations, space equipment and live video from the International Space Station.

The national programme was announced on 14 July 2015 at the UK Space Conference 2015 and in a video of Tim Peake.

Tim Peake announcing the programme

Which Science Centres are involved?

Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said:

"Tim Peake's space mission will be a huge moment in British history that we want young people all across the country to share in. I hope that schools and students will get involved with these fantastic projects to follow Tim's journey and learn alongside him as he flies into space to carry out experiments aboard the International Space Station."

UK Space Agency Press release

ASDC Press release

UK Space Agency Website

As well as learning about Tim Peake's work on the International Space Station, the science centres programme will celebrate the team behind Tim, highlighting great opportunities for young people across the science and space sector.

The programme is being developed with teams at the National Space Centre in Leicester, Science Museum in London and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre in Cheshire, and led by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres in Bristol.

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