Friday 19th July
- Boundless member exclusive! Only open to members
- Special Guests from NASA, BBC Sky at Night and Space Research Centre
- Private viewing of the National Space Centre
- Drinks reception
- 2 course dinner including wine
- Tickets from £75pp
On 20 July 1969 the world watched as human beings stepped onto the surface of another world for the first time.
The live TV pictures were hazy, but the importance of the moment couldn’t have been clearer – it was, as Neil Armstrong put it at the time, ‘a giant leap for mankind.’
Man had gone to the moon and, to celebrate the achievement of the Apollo 11 mission, the people involved and the breakthroughs in technology that would change the world forever, we invite you to join Boundless for a members’ gala event on 19 July at the National Space Centre in Leicester. Joining us for discussion will be speakers from NASA, the Space Research Centre and the BBC’s Sky at Night magazine.
This exclusive event will blast off with a space-themed cocktail reception beneath the massive Blue Streak rocket, which was part of the European space programme in the 1960s. You will then have a private tour of the museum and see an award-winning show in the UK’s largest planetarium.
Dinner will be served in one of the museum’s galleries, where you will be surrounded by ‘out of this world’ objects as you enjoy a two-course meal, complete with wine, to the sound of live music.
During your meal, our special guests will introduce themselves and be on hand to answer your questions. After dinner, our experts will discuss the history of the Apollo missions, explain how astronauts are chosen, and look at the space race and where extraterrestrial travel goes from here.
Professional photographers will be on hand throughout the event to capture memories of the evening, and you’ll have free access to these photos after the event.
Our guests for the evening:
NASA’s Chief historian Dr William Barry will be joining us live from Washington DC via videocall. He joined the agency in 2001 after 22 years in the US Air Force, where he flew Boeing KC-135 tankers and served on the faculty of the US Air Force Academy. Dr Barry became NASA’s Chief Historian in September 2010.
Professor Mark Sims is Director at the Space Research Centre and Professor of Astrobiology and Spacecraft Instrumentation at the University of Leicester. From July 1997 until September 2004 he was mission manager for the Beagle 2 Mars lander project. Professor Sims has been involved in nine space missions, with roles in data analysis, launch-site operations and flight operations.
Chris Bramley has been Editor of the UK’s best-selling astronomy publication, BBC Sky at Night Magazine, since 2011, and a member of the editorial team since the magazine launched in 2005. A trained journalist with a passion for space science and amateur astronomy, Chris has worked with science communicators like the late Sir Patrick Moore and Brian Cox, and has interviewed astronauts including International Space Station Commanders Scott Kelly and Chris Hadfield, and Apollo astronauts Fred Haise and James Lovell. He edited the best-selling, special issue magazine Man on the Moon, celebrating Apollo 11’s historic moonlanding
Tickets for this event open on 6th February 2019.
Tickets to the event will be limited, so why not guarantee your place by joining the ticket waiting list? You’ll be able to buy your tickets 1 week before they go on sale to the wider membership.
Please note that the waiting list is not a ticket booking, Boundless will be in touch with you in early February with information on how to book your tickets.
This event is a non-for-profit members event and all ticket costs go directly towards event costs.
How can I get there?A
The National Space Centre is located just of the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester's inner and outer ring roads.
Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester. There is ample parking on site and is free for members during this event.
What are meal options? What if I have any dietary requirements?A
For the evening meal there is a selection of 2 main courses and 2 desserts:
- Blade of Beef
- Mushroom Celeriac and Feta Strudel (V)
- French apple flan served with warm crème anglaise
- Belgian dark chocolate truffle torte
Coffee and Tea
During the booking process you will be asked to select your meal choice. There will also be an opportunity to inform us of any dietary requirements you may have.
Please note that meal choices cannot be changed on the night.
Your table will be served with red and white wine throughout your meal. Sparkling and still water will also be available. Should you wish to purchase additional drinks the venue will be operating a cash bar.
Are there any age restrictions?A
All ticket holders to this event must be aged 18 or over.
What is the Dress Code?A
As this is an evening dinner event we ask guests to dress accordingly, we advise smart casual clothing.
I have a friend or family member who wants to come as well...A
Great, bring them along! Just make sure that the booking is made by a Boundless member. If you have friends or family that have made a separate booking and you wish to sit together please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How and when will I get my tickets?A
Tickets will go on sale early February 2019. Tickets to the event will be limited so why not guarantee your space by joining the waiting list and you will be given priority booking before it goes on sale to the wider membership.
Please note that joining the waiting list is not a ticket booking, Boundless will be in touch with members on the waiting list in early February with information on how to book your tickets.
What time does this event start and end?A
The evening will run from 7pm to 11pm on Friday 19th July 2019.
How accessible is the site for people with mobility difficulties?A
The National Space Centre is a fully accessible, wheelchair friendly site.