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In 2018, my son wanted to visit a space museum, so I looked online and came across the National Space Centre. (Leicester). Additionally, he wanted to go to the space centre with his dad and me. Although we are not together, we amicably agreed that it would be good for our son to go on this day out together. Likewise, our partners were comfortable with the day out arrangement too.
Onwards to Leicester.
As we arrived at the National Space Centre, we saw this magnificent Space Shuttle Intelsat Satellite Cradle in front of the museum. There was also a pioneer statue at the front.
Here is a photo of my son placing his hands in the handprint mould of an astronaut.
I don’t know about you, but I love a fact or two. While looking back at our photos at the National Space Centre, I saw the name Piers Sellers. I instantly thought, ooh, I must know more about this Piers Sellers.
So, I went to Wikipedia; (you’ve got to love Wikipedia) to read more about this Nasa astronaut. (shh, I’m a closet geek).
Rocket and Robotics.
We entered the museum, and there was a rocket tower with the rocket: PGM 17 THOR upon us, in all its glory. (“I am mighty”) I had to get an Avengers quote in there somehow. Likewise, shout-out to my dad, all knowledgeable comic guru. Anyhow, there was something that I noticed ahead that I had not seen in a long time.
Test Card F.
Can you believe it? I did not expect to see Bubbles the Clown at the space centre. Yes, it was the clown doll and the girl on tv. Oh, the days when we only had four tv channels. Also, for the American readers and anyone not old enough to remember Test Card F, this image is what we saw on our tv screen in the morning when no programmes were on tv. (Yes, you heard right kids, no programmes).
I was so excited to inform my son about this. (the look of horror on his face). After showing him this and taking him to the National Museum of Computing years later, he must have thought what a boring childhood I had. (he also found out that loading games on the BBC microcomputer took a long time).
Satellite Navigation and Space Rocks.
My son, me and his dad continued our tour around the space museum, viewing items such as a space compass, robotics, and satellites for navigation.
There was also a collection of space rocks and meteorites.
So, that was our experience of visiting the National Space Centre in Leicester with our son.
Have you visited any space museums before, and which one?
Coming soon: Next on Blast from the Past Series is Part Four: Hampton Court Palace.
Disclaimer: This post is for information and entertainment purposes; and personal experience. All external links are for information purposes only. The day out mentioned in the blog is on past experiences. (before lockdown) The museum mentioned in this blog is temporarily closed due to lockdown and in line with the government’s guidance. I received no payment or any other compensation for this post.
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