National Space Centre Space Lates: Apollo 17

Join the team at the National Space Centre for a special celebration marking 50 years of Apollo 17, December 7th 2022

For this Space Lates, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17 – the last crewed mission to the Moon. Explore the achievements of the Apollo Program and its lasting legacy. Come along to hear from scientists and special guests with a unique insight into lunar exploration.

We’ve curated a special evening packed with guest speakers, interactive workshops and live demos, planetarium shows, and stargazing. Explore our galleries after-hours and finish your evening with a live astronomy session with Leicester Astronomical Society (weather permitting).

Space Lates is an evening created for people who want to know more – those who have an interest in astronomy, space missions, and the exciting research happening here in the UK, around the world, and out in space.


General admission: £8

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Planetarium Show

Last Man on the Moon – Apollo 17. Show times: 18:30 or 19:30 (select when booking)

We are delighted to be screening a special preview of a new edition, focused on Apollo 17, of the multi-award-winning documentary THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON. Each of the screenings will be introduced by the director himself, Mark Craig as he joins us to celebrate this notable anniversary.

This short film celebrates the 50th anniversary of the mission, its crew and those who supported humanity’s most recent journey to the Lunar surface.

THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON – APOLLO 17 has extensive new material including commander Gene Cernan’s never-before-heard words to the next US astronauts to leave their footprints on the Moon, which we now know as the ARTEMIS generation. The film honours the past, and looks forward to the future.

A Mark Stewart Productions/Haviland Digital movie, THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON – APOLLO 17 is directed by Mark Craig, produced by Gareth Dodds and Keith Haviland, and executive produced by Mark Stewart.’

Guest Talks

The Legacy of Apollo with Nick Howes. This talk takes audiences through the glory of the Apollo missions, from the birth of the Apollo program to the final footsteps left on the Moon, and asks: what next? What happens when we go back? And why did it take so long to return?

The Goodwill Moon Rock with Dermot Gethings. In December 1972, Dermot was chosen to be the UK Student Ambassador for the Apollo 17 mission, touring NASA facilities throughout the USA, attending the Apollo 17 launch and becoming the custodian of the Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon Rock. Hear about Dermot’s story as a 15-year-old at the culmination of the Apollo Program.


Space Rocks: Displayed from the Graham Ensor Collection, the exhibit will feature the largest Lunar meteorite in the UK.

Create your own Apollo 17 EDL (entry, descent and landing) parachute model.

Join the night sky experts from the Leicester Astronomical Society for a session of stargazing.
Join staff from the National Space Centre with live demos to show what happens to our bodies when there’s no air.

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