The UK Space Agency is delighted to announce that it will be docking its 72 ft model rocket at Queen Victoria Square, Hull, from August 17th to August 21st, bringing the awe-inspiring 'Space for Everyone’ tour to the region.
This exciting initiative aims to captivate and educate the next generation, showcasing the UK's flourishing space industry and the diverse array of career opportunities available.
Throughout the event, organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, (WWF), with British Antarctic Survey, (BAS), will be in attendance - highlighting the thriving space industry in Hull and beyond.
The ‘Space for Everyone’ tour will serve as a beacon of inspiration, shedding light on the pivotal role that space plays in enhancing life on Earth. Visitors, including children, families and teachers will have the unique opportunity to witness first-hand how space technologies benefit our daily lives and gain insights into the continuous efforts to explore the great unknown.
Matt Archer, Director of Launch at the UK Space Agency, said:
We’re delighted to bring our Space for Everyone tour to Hull so young people and their families can learn not just about space, but also about the vibrant North East space sector and the exciting career opportunities available in the field.”
The space sector is diverse and requires people from all backgrounds and with a variety of skills – many not traditionally associated with it. The tour proves you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or even an astronaut, as there are a host of talents needed to bring space closer to our daily lives and improve our understanding of this critical part of the environment for the benefit of the planet and its people.
Space for Everyone promises an immersive experience, incorporating state-of-the-art virtual reality headsets to provide unparalleled insights into what a launch from the UK looks like, and the job roles involved in making it happen. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore various interactive areas, learning about the crucial role of satellites and discovering the diverse career paths available within the UK space industry.
Portfolio holder for Culture and Leisure Councillor Rob Pritchard said:
We’re delighted to welcome the UK Space Agency’s rocket to the city centre, allowing the next generation to see first-hand what it’s really like to work in the space sector.
Hull is one of only 13 locations the Space for Everyone tour is visiting, and it highlights the opportunities within the space industry for people of all backgrounds. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to get involved – but it could possibly lead to that!
Admission to the tour is free, no booking required, and while the event is primarily targeted towards children aged 9 to 18, it is guaranteed to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in individuals of all ages. Mums, dads, grandparents and next-door neighbours are all invited to participate and experience the excitement of the Space for Everyone tour.
The tour kicked off in Southampton in June and will visit a further five locations around the UK after Hull. For further information about the Space for Everyone tour, please visit the Space Person website or follow @spacegovuk on social media.
The Space for Everyone tour will visit:
- Hull - Queen Victoria Square: 17-21 August
- Great Yarmouth - Sea Life Gardens: 24-28 August
- Hastings - Hastings Pier: 31 August - 4 September
- Wrexham – Queens Square: 14-18 September
- Glasgow – George Square: 21-25 September
- Plymouth – Piazza: 28 September – 2 October
WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is a global environmental charity, and we’re bringing our world back to life. With nature in freefall, we’re urgently tackling the underlying causes that are driving the decline – including climate change. And we’re finding solutions so future generations have a world with thriving habitats and wildlife.
The British Antarctic Survey is the United Kingdom's national polar research institute, part of the Natural Environment Research Council. Its purpose is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and using Polar Science for a Sustainable Planet. WWF and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for the public’s help with their Walrus from Space project, to search for and count walrus in thousands of satellite images taken from space, with the aim to learn more about how walrus populations are impacted by the climate crisis.