New Show Launches World Space Week

Fifty-five years yesterday Sputnik launched and became the first artificial Earth satellite.  To mark this momentous milestone in our journey into space World Space Week was created and to celebrate this, the National Space Centre is launching a brand new fulldome planetarium show to focus on what made humans take that initial step outside our own world… Are we alone in the Universe?

We Are Aliens!, supported by STFC, takes the visitor on a fascinating, immersive journey as the show seeks to find the evidence of alien life in our galaxy. The latest research into this fast evolving area of science is explored with input from UK scientists.

Created by the multi-award winning NSC Creative and launched this month at the National Space Centre, it sets out to answer the “big questions” about our Universe.

Narrated by actor Rupert Grint, who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11 and starred in eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

World Space Week (4-10 October) is an international celebration of science and technology and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week recognises the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957; and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on October 10, 1967.

Malika Andress, Head of Marketing at the National Space Centre said; “children and adults alike ask us if we are alone in the universe, so I think it is very exciting that we are now able to offer them the answers with equality in this new show.   The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is named after a man who continues to inspire generations of people to look to space for the answers, what a fitting tribute that with the support of STFC we can now do this with the latest in cutting edge technology.”

We Are Aliens! launches to competition winners, invited guests and the media on 10 October - and on 20 October to all visitors to the National Space Centre.

Event date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 09:00