Date: 
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 14:15

The Eden Project is counting down to two fabulous weekends of space-themed fun.

Last month Eden screened the historic moment when the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut Tim Peake ventured to the International Space Station.

To continue the interstellar entertainment, visitors are being welcomed back to be involved and inspired by a variety of space-themed activities on January 23/24 and 30/31.

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 days 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 explores 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.

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

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

Pam Horton, Eden’s Learning & Content Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be a part of Destination Space and as an educational charity we think this is a great opportunity for people of all ages to be engaged and excited about Tim Peake’s mission and the mysteries and miracles of space.”

During January 23/24 those who are sports club members, small social enterprises, accommodation providers, Eden Project higher education students and Eden Partner organisation staff will be eligible for free entry. This is part of Eden’s Cornwall and Devon community weekends over the winter months.

Eden’s Locals’ Pass offer is 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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