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Spotlight on…Satellites

Included in science centre ticket
Perfect for everyone
Saturday 7 October
Spacecraft Launch Into Space. Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

To celebrate World Space Week, we’re putting the spotlight on satellites. 

There are thousands of satellites orbiting the Earth helping with everything from weather predictions to GPS navigation. 

During this special one-day event, we will be lifting the lid on how North East scientists and engineers are building and engineering satellites, launching them into space, using them to monitor our planet and using space telescopes to explore the wider universe. 

Scientists from the universities of Newcastle, Northumbria and Durham and some of the team from space companies Skyrora and Ambasat, will be on hand to share their knowledge and passion and answer questions. 

All included in your science centre ticket. This event will run in addition to the usual exhibits and activities. 

Included in science centre admission

Adult (age 18 and over) £13.50
Concession (Over 65s, Students, Unemployed) £12.50
Child (age 3 to 17) £10.00
Child (age 2 and under) FREE
Carer FREE

Highlights include:

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Get hands on with a real rocket engine

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Build your own satellite out of junk

Planet Earth icon.

Look through different lenses to see how satellites monitor our Earth

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Get up close with CubeSats – miniaturised satellites being designed in the North East

Supported by

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Northumbria University Logo
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Newcastle Uni logo
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Meet the expert series

At Life, we regularly invite scientists and STEM professionals from universities and other organisations to meet and talk with visitors   

It’s a chance for our visitors to ask questions, learn about what different scientists do on a day-to-day basis, how they got into their chosen field, and maybe even help them with their research.

For scientists and STEM professionals, it’s a chance to engage the public with their work, spread knowledge and awareness and perhaps gather some data.  

If you’re a scientist or STEM professional, and interested in getting involved, ask a member of the Life team for details when you’re here, or email  

Getting here

Life is located in Times Square, just a two minute walk from Newcastle Central train and Metro station.

Driving? Times Square Car Park is just around the corner. The sat nav reference for the car park is NE1 4AD (opposite Leonardo Hotel – formerly Jurys Inn). Look out for Centre for Life and/or Times Square Car Park signage to direct you.

Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

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