This weekend we were so very lucky to be visit the National Space Centre in Leicester for the first time, not only that we were able to view the new full done planetarium film high lighting Google’s Lunar XPRIZE – ‘Back To The Moon For Good’
Before arriving I was a little anxious as with a 12-year-old and 2-year-old I have found when taking my family out in the past, it can often lead with boredom for one or the other of them since finding something that engages both of them can be tricky.
Now since Beth has been several times to the National Space Centre in the past and loved it my main concern was Joshua (age 2) but on arriving I really shouldn’t have stressed, there really are activities for all ages and he soon got stuck in with the exploring!
- The Rocket Tower
- Into Space
- Exploring The Universe
- The Plants
- Orbiting Earth
- Space Now
- Tranquillity Base
- Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
Each area has masses of things to do, read, interact with and kept us all (myself, Sister, toddler and tween) entertained. I loved the fact you could undertake tasks and use your entry ticket to keep track of how you were getting on, eventually being given a job role!
(I know I wasn’t looking when the picture was taken .. doh) But still I loved the concept.
We made weather reports, we lifted baked bean cans (don’t ask) we visited real life rockets, we saw space toilets, dressed up, tried using machines that would have been used in space and that’s just to name a few and without a doubt all 4 of us loved it!
To top it all off we were super excited to have been able to watch the new Back to the Moon for Good film about the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE. The film was created by the NSC Creative team at the National Space Centre and is narrated by Tim Allen (the voice of Buzz Lightyear)
The film is the fascinating story of lunar exploration and speculative vision of humanity’s future on the Moon. However it also explains about Google’s Lunar XPRIZE and it being the largest international incentive based prize ever!
A large amount of the current population has never had the opportunity to view live footage from the surface of the Moon. The Google Lunar XPRIZE aims to encourage continuous lunar exploration with $30 Million prize, but in order to win there are several stipulations:
- It must be a private company that lands on the surface of the Moon safely (no governments!)
- They must travel 500 meters across the plant either by going above, below or across and then send 2 separate “Mooncasts” to Earth.
- There are also Bonus Prizes the teams can win too, such as exploring lunar artifacts or surviving the lunar night
- All of this must be completed for a deadline date of December 31, 2015!
Now watching the film in the planetarium was a part of the day that I was worried most having never taken Joshua (age 2) to a cinema I was worried he would become inpatient and kick off to the point I would have to remove him, however I was wrong!
The film was breathtaking from the first second, Joshua was staring opened mouthed and Bethany never spoke (a first!) we all watched the intricate effects with total delight and loved the fact that the film followed a fantastically descriptive path so even not having heard about this before it was easily understandable.
Although I loved the film as did it seem the other 3, there were 2 parts of the film that when sat near the front, moved so so quickly that they made me a little dizzy… but that could just be me!
All in all we loved our trip to the National Space Centre and we cant wait to visit again soon with Ollie (hubby) however until then I will be keeping my eyes out of news updates on the Google Lunar XPRIZE and watching with bated breath!
Disclaimer: We attended a blogger event with complimentary tickets, However all opinions and views were independently formed by member’s of The Oliver’s Madhouse.