Refine your search...

Type of Venue






Or Venue Name


image for Exhibition item typeApollo 13 Easter at National Space Centre

  • VistEngland VAQAS

Exhibition, Sat 4 - Sun 19 Apr 2020


National Space Centre

National Space Centre


Exploration Drive,


“Houston, we have a problem!” Possibly one of the most well-known, misquoted, lines of the Apollo space programme. The words spoken by Jack Swigert aboard Apollo 13 were “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here”.

The story of Apollo 13 is actually a positive one, one of science and engineering overcoming adversity, of teamwork, compassion and the amazing achievements that brought three astronauts home safely.

During the Easter school holiday period we invite you to discover the truth behind the problem, how the third spacecraft intended to land on the moon never made it and how Teflon really is linked to the Apollo space programme.


Join us to discover what it took to become an Apollo astronaut, learn about the scientists and engineers that worked alongside them and about the “successful failure” of Apollo 13. Hear the voices of people who were there at the time and how they worked to save the lives of 3 men 100’s of thousands of miles from Earth. A mission to the Moon might be more unexpected than you think!

Apollo 13 never made it to the Lunar surface, but you can make your very own mini moon rock sample to take home.

Test your teamwork and see if you can succeed in building a carbon dioxide filter! Work together to turn “junk” into the round peg in a square hole solution to save Apollo 13 and her crew.

When you buy a ticket to the National Space Centre you will also be able to see one of our award-winning planetarium shows at no extra cost.

If you are visiting with an Annual Pass, you can buy a show for £3 per person (subject to availability) upon arrival at the Centre

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 4 - Sun 19 Apr 2020 10:00 to 17:00 10:00 to 17:00


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality


See location of National Space Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 587065  Lat: 52.65306 Long: -1.13370

By Road: 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.

By Train: Eat Midlands Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or taxi to the National Space Centre. First Bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 4.8 km from Leicester station