Mission to the Moon with Captain Cosmos for Museums at Night 2009

By Culture24 Staff | 31 March 2009
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A photograph of a man in a space suit

Captain Cosmos courtesy of the Vale and Downland Museum

The Vale and Downland Museum is joining forces with The Space Science & Technology Department of STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab, for a family friendly event for Museums at Night 2009 on May 16 that promises to be out of this world.

A range of hands-on Space Science and Astronomy activities hosted by Captain Cosmos and his team will allow visitors to discover what it is like to travel through space and you will be able to see some real NASA moon rock and find out why astronauts have to wear nappies.

The museum's cinema will be showing the Aardman Creations classic adventure A Grand Day Out where family favourites Wallace and Gromit venture to the moon.

Curator Ruth Howard said: “We are thrilled to be working with the Space Science Department again for one of our Family Friendly events – it is a great chance for the community to find out what goes on in the museum, whilst gaining an insight into aspects of space science and what the Rutherford Lab, a facility in their community, actually does.”

Sarah Smart, Space Science PR Manger said: “This event is even more timely as it is International Year of Astronomy and this is a perfect platform to enthuse children and teenagers about all aspects of the Astronomy and Space Science.”

The event, which will run on Saturday May 16 2009, between 6 pm – 9 pm, will be free admission and is suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be available throughout the evening from the Museum's café.

For more information go to www.wantage.com/museum.

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