In terms of unique experiences in Leicester this one has got to be near the top. How do you fancy spending the night having a sleepover in the Planetarium at the National Space Centre followed by breakfast with an Apollo astronaut?

On Saturday 7 October the National Space Centre is inviting guests in for a truly special evening. To celebrate World Space Week they’re hosting an exciting sleepover package, which as we said, includes the opportunity to meet an Apollo astronaut! You’ll spend the night in the galleries with exclusive access to the Centre after hours and also sit back for a family movie in the UK’s largest planetarium.

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There’ll be plenty of activities, workshops, talks, breakfast and, of course, a most unusual place to sleep. Enjoy sleeping under the stars with absolutely no chance of rain. Other activities include meeting Bruno, one of the UK test rover robots from Airbus that will be heading to Mars in 2020, but we think the highlight will be settling down to sleep under satellites or spacesuits.

The next morning there’ll be a very special visitor as visitors get to have breakfast with one of only 24 men to have ever left the planet, to journey to the Moon, as part of the Apollo space programme. Col. Alfred Merrill Worden was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971, served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 flight and as backup command module pilot for the Apollo 12 flight. He is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most isolated human being”. During his time alone in the Command Module Endeavour, he was 2,235 miles away from any other human beings.

Al Worden
Col. Worden is joining the team at the National Space Centre for a full day of events, including a special breakfast, autograph session, book signing and Q&A in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

This is a must for fans, but also a once in a lifetime experience for families, adults and children, to meet one of the most inspirational people on the planet.

This is going to be a truly special and memorable event and advance booking is essential. Treat the family to a weekend they’ll never forget!

Tickets to the sleepover cost £40 for adults and £30 for children. The full timings and tickets are available on the National Space Centre website.