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Learn all about Space Exploration from the experts!

This summer, make sure you take a trip to Peterborough Museum to see Space: Fact & Fiction– an exhibition that is out of this world!

Running alongside this exhibition will be a series of space-themed lectures by leading experts, designed to help you discover more about this fascinating topic. All lectures will be held at 7.30pm at Peterborough Museum.

The series launches on Thursday July 11 with Your Place in the Cosmos. Everyone knows space is big – but how do we, and the planet we live on, fit into the Solar System? What lies beyond the Milky Way? Come along and get a new sense of perspective!

Then on Monday July 15 you can find out how to detect evidence of ancient Life on Mars… using a pregnancy test! The Life Marker Chip (LMC) project uses emerging biosensor technology to detect evidence of life on Mars. Based on the same technology found in pregnancy test kits, it will look for organic molecules left by proposed microscopic Martian life. Hear how this technology is being developed in the UK.

Find out the answer to Space – So What? on Monday August 12. Our understanding of the Universe has been transformed by astonishing discoveries, but what difference has space science made to our everyday lives? Includes firing a real rocket engine, building a comet nucleus and whether space science could save life on planet Earth!


The series continues on the Thursday September 5 with Space and You. Discover the uses of satellite technology – many in our everyday lives – including spin offs which originated in the Space Industry and are now commonplace, from items in the home and at work, to travel and sport.

Roving on Mars – Curiosity’s adventures in Gale Crater will follow on Monday September 23. Curiosity – NASA’s latest car-sized rover on Mars – has been exploring Gale Crater since August 2012, searching for ancient habitable environments where evidence for life may have been preserved. Learn about the rover’s explorations and adventures, and discuss the latest scientific findings.


The series concludes with the lecture ‘You’ve seen one Earth, you’ve seen them all’ – The legacy of Apollo on Wednesday October 2.

45 years ago the first astronauts left Earth and journeyed to the moon. Barely six months later Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their famous landing. Discover why and how the USA went to the moon, the legacy of the Apollo programme and its relevance to our modern world.


Ticket prices are: adults £5, concessions and Vivacity Heritage Pass holders £3, FREE to under 18s accompanied by a paying adult.

Restrictions apply (please contact the Museum for details) and booking is essential.

Call 01733 864663, email or visit

Photos: Chris Brudenell for ESP Magazine


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