Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 14:00

The Eden Project will be screening the historic moment when The European Space Agency’s first British Astronaut Tim Peake ventures to the International Space Station on Tuesday December 15.

Visitors are invited to come along to watch the launch on a big screen as well as get involved and be inspired by a variety of space-themed activities.

Aspiring astronauts can help solve technical problems using specially designed robot arms. They can also build and fly their own compressed air rocket to understand the dangers posed by high velocity space junk orbiting the planet.

Throughout the day there will be a Destination Space family friendly show, presented by one of Eden’s talented storytellers dressed in an authentic astronaut space suit. The show will explore questions such as, how rockets make it into space, what it's like living and working in space and how the astronauts get home again.

Tim Peake will live and work on ISS with six other astronauts for six months, carrying out a comprehensive science programme that cannot be completed anywhere on Earth.

The UK Space Agency and ASDC (Association for Science and Discovery Centres) has launched ‘Destination Space’ and Eden, along with 19 of the nation’s top science centres, to celebrate this endeavour through an inspirational hands-on programme of experiments and demonstrations.

Eden has partnered with the UK Space Agency to create and deliver an exceptional National Astronaut Programme that will give children, schools and families across the UK the chance to learn about Tim mission and space exploration.

In addition to this, Eden will be doing two space-themed weekends on January 23/24 and 30/31, giving visitors the chance to discover even more about the mission.

Schools can also book sessions where children can enjoy a range of space activities that will engage and inspire them with amazing stories, science and innovative ideas of human spaceflight.

Pam Horton, Team Manager, said: “Here at Eden we never shy away from boldly going where no one has gone before! Planting a rainforest in the middle of a clay pit in Cornwall is a testament to this. And now we have space on the agenda.

“Allowing visitors to engage with this space mission and learn about it is a great opportunity. We want to tap into the public’s curiosity about space in order to help them renew their sense of awe and wonder with our own fragile planet.”

The International Space Station is a microgravity laboratory in which an international crew of six members, from America, Russia and Japan, live and work. The space station has been continuously occupied since November 2000. In that time, more than 200 people from 15 countries have visited.

Crew members spend about 35 hours each week conducting research in many disciplines to advance scientific knowledge in Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences for the benefit of people living on our home planet.

Please check the website for more information and timings of the shows: http://www.edenproject.com/

Eden’s Locals’ Pass are also now available to people who live in Cornwall or Devon, offering unlimited entry to Eden until October 31, 2016 for just £12 for adults, £10 for over-60s and students, £8 for children aged five to 16 and £37.50 for a family of two adults and two children for those who choose to pay by Direct Debit.

Passes can be bought online at www.edenproject.com/locals-pass or on arrival to Eden (proof of residence in Cornwall or Devon and photo ID required). Passes can be bought up until March 7, 2016.

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