The UK Space Agency is delighted to announce that it will be docking its 72 ft model rocket in The Piazza, Plymouth, from 28 September to 2 October, 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. Organisations including Spaceport Cornwall, Foot Anstey and World Wide Fund for Nature will be in attendance to share more about the industry in the area.
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:
We’re delighted to bring our Space for Everyone tour to Plymouth so young people and their families can learn not just about space, but also about the vibrant 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.
Ross Hulbert, Head of Engagement, Spaceport Cornwall:
Spaceport Cornwall is thrilled to join hands with the UK Space Agency in bringing the 'Space for Everyone' tour to Plymouth. This event embodies our commitment to making space accessible to all and showcases the incredible opportunities that the space industry offers right here in the region.
Councillor Sally Cresswell, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Apprenticeships at Plymouth City Council, said:
It’s not every day that a rocket arrives in the city centre! We’re delighted to host the final stage of the UK Space Agency’s ‘Space for Everyone’ tour in Plymouth. This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about the exciting range of opportunities there are in the space sector, including roles with some of our local employers.
I’m really pleased that ten schools and community groups have already signed up for the bookable sessions, with more than 400 children aged five to sixteen set to enjoy this truly out-of-this-world experience, and look forward to seeing many more coming along to explore over the weekend.
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.
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.
For further information about the Space for Everyone tour, please visit https://spaceperson.co.uk/rocket-tour/ or follow @spacegovuk on social media.