Liverpool’s World Museum will celebrate British astronaut Tim Peake’s launch into space today (15 December), as it hosts a day of events for 300 primary school children.
The city venue was previously selected as one of 20 centres across the UK to host the Destination Space education programme – a space-themed season of activities and events for families and schools to accompany Tim’s voyage.
A live screening of the 11.03am rocket launch, which will see the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut set off on a journey to the International Space Station, will be followed by hands-on activities for the schoolchildren led by specialists from the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
The visiting pupils will also watch live experiments demonstrating how science makes human space flight possible and a special International Space Station show in the museum’s planetarium.
Jon Marrow, senior education manager at National Museums Liverpool, says: “The Destination Space programme has proved to be a huge hit so far with school groups and visitors alike. To date, more than 11,000 people have taken part in the events here at World Museum.
“We can’t wait to celebrate Tim’s launch with children from across Merseyside. I’m sure it will be a memorable day for them, and hopefully one that might inspire them to think about working in the space sector in the future. Space flight is the ultimate team effort, made possible by a huge crew of talented individuals – there really is a role for everyone out there.”
Tim Peake will live and work at the International Space Station until June 2016 following today’s launch and, here in Liverpool, museum visitors can continue to participate in the Destination Space programme as events continue. Curriculum-linked activities for five to 14-year-old schoolchildren will also get underway at World Museum from January.