From September 2021 to March 2022, ASDC in partnership with the UK Space Agency, is launching Destination Space 3 with 9 participating science centres and museums delivering Destination Space activities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Building on the impressive legacies of Destination Space 1 and 2, and the strategic partnership with the UK Space Agency, Destination Space 3 will leverage the expertise of ASDC, participating science centres, the existing equipment and content collaborations, to open up opportunities for people across the UK to engage with the science, explore the latest research and engineering, and discuss the role of space technologies and their uses for the future.
Destination Space 3 will provide training for science communicators and community engagement professionals in our network with the latest ideas, innovation, upcoming missions and developments relating to key programme content areas of particular significance to the UK during the project period.
Destination Space 3 is open to supporting science centre engagements that inspire and involve children and families, schools and the wider public across the UK.
This new phase of Destination Space will, for the first time, specifically emphasise and foreground the important and relevant role that space plays in monitoring and tackling climate change.
The programme will focus on the following areas linked to current developments for the UK in space:
Climate Science & COP26: The UN’s International Climate Change Conference will be hosted in Glasgow between 31st October – 12th November 2021. Satellites and space technology are vital for understanding climate change and its impacts. Destination Space 3 will highlight the role of space, satellites and the UK in understanding and assessing the impact of climate change.
The Webb Telescope: November 2021 will also see the long-awaited launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most powerful infrared space observatory. Destination Space 3 will support participating science centres to celebrate Webb and the UK’s involvement.
Spaceports: The UK has laid the groundwork for its first spaceports to be operational by 2022, with test flights and launches taking place in 2021. Destination Space 3 will tell the story of spaceports and their contribution to the UK’s space capability.
The following science centres and museums have been selected to run the programme from October 2021 to March 2022: