- 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
- Two-course dinner with wine
- Tickets from £85pp
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.’
The human race had travelled 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 National Space Centre and see an award-winning show in the UK’s largest planetarium.
Dinner will be served in one of the National Space Centre’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 special guests for the evening:
Jerry Woodfill – NASA Apollo 11 and 13 Warning System Engineer
For 54 years, Jerry Woodfill has been employed by NASA in Houston. He holds BAEE and BSEE degrees from Rice University which he attended on a basketball scholarship. At the onset of the lunar landing program, he managed the spacecraft warning systems so that he was monitoring spacecraft Eagle's descent when Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. Likewise, on April 13, 1970, Jerry was monitoring Apollo 13's warning system when the vehicle exploded. His system was the first alert of the life-threatening malfunction depicted in the Tom Hanks-Ron Howard movie APOLLO 13. For his role in the rescue of Apollo 13, he shared the Presidential Medal of Freedom as a member of the Apollo 13 Mission Operations Team.
Professor Mark Sims – 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 – editor of the UK’s best-selling astronomy publication, BBC Sky at Night magazine since 2011.
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 moon landing.
- Private Hire of National Space Centre
- Drinks reception and space themed cocktails
- On-site photographer with post event access to images
- Walkabout Spaceman
- Private planetarium screening 'How to be an astronaut'
- Two-course dinner with wine
- Q&A speakers:
- Prof Mark Sims, Director of Space Research Centre and lead on the Beagle 2 mission
- Chris Bramley, BBC Sky at Night Editor
- Live link to NASA: Jerry Woodfill, Former NASA Apollo 11 and 13 Warning System Engineer
- Live music throughout reception and dinner
Not yet a Boundless member? Join today for £27 a year to book your tickets for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing event at the National Space Centre.
National Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
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How can I get there?A
The National Space Centre is located just off 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, which 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 two main courses and two desserts:
- Blade of beef braised in red wine, thyme and garlic, accompanied with a wild mushroom sauce and served with a fondant potato and seasonal vegetables
- Mushroom, celeriac and feta strudel (V). A puff-pastry strudel stuffed with couscous, mushroom, celeriac, thyme and feta cheese, drizzled with a cauliflower cream
- French apple flan served with warm crème anglaise
- Belgian dark chocolate truffle torte
When you book, you’ll be asked to select your meal choice and 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 buy additional drinks the venue will be operating a cash bar.
Coffee and tea will be served after dinner.
Are there any age restrictions?A
All ticket holders to this event must be aged 18 or over.
What is the dress code for the event?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 email@example.com
How and when will I get my tickets?A
When you purchase your tickets you will receive a confirmation email with an e-ticket attached. Please print this e-ticket out or show it on your phone when you arrive on the night. The Boundless reception will be clearly signposted.
What time does this event start and end?A
The evening will run from 6:30pm – 11pm on Friday 19 July.
What is your refund policy?A
Once you have purchased your event ticket/s they are non-refundable. This is because we have a very limited number of tickets and we may not be able to reallocate them. Tickets may be transferred to your friends or family but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of any changes.
How accessible is the site for people with mobility difficulties?A
The National Space Centre is a fully accessible, wheelchair-friendly site.