Graduates of the University had a unique opportunity to explore the award winning National Space Centre on 28 June
Alumni Reception at the National Space Centre 28 June 2006
Graduates enjoy 'out of the world' evening at the National Space Centre
Graduates of the University had a unique opportunity to explore the award winning National Space Centre on 28 June, during an evening when it opened exclusively for the Alumni Association.
The event attracted more than 130 graduates - spanning six decades from 1945 to 2005 – who gained an insight into what it takes to be an astronaut, as well as learning about the latest research and discoveries in space exploration.
There was an opportunity for graduates to sample a selection of brightly-coloured “space” cocktails on arrival, before a welcome address by the Vice-Chancellor. In his talk, Professor Burgess described the special links between the Space Centre and the University, which co-founded it with Leicester City Council, following a successful bid to the Millennium Commission. He also gave an overview on the latest developments at the University including a succession of recent achievements.
No visit to the Centre would have been complete without a trip to the edges of the Universe. In a screening of the film ‘Big’ – narrated by Richard Attenborough – graduates travelled on a mission through time and space in the state-of-the-art, multi-media, domed theatre.
Graduates were able to catch up with long-standing friends while exploring the Hub, Rocket Tower and reception area with its portals into the six themed galleries: Into Space; Exploring the Universe; The Planets; Orbiting Earth; Space Now; and Tranquillity Base.
After an evening of exploration many graduates realised that they had only just scratched the surface and vowed to return for another visit to one of the country’s prime visitor attractions.
Information: Alumni Relations at 0116 252 2195