Centenary events

Space Park Leicester launch

Space Park Leicester, the University’s pioneering space research, innovation and teaching cluster was officially opened by ESA astronaut Tim Peake on Monday 14 March 2022. Alongside his duties at the formal opening ceremony, Major Peake took part on Mars Day activities with schoolchildren from local schools and was given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities by Space Park Leicester Executive Director Professor Richard Ambrosi.

Also in attendance were Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby, University of Leicester Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah and Science Minister George Freeman MP, together with scientists, researchers and representatives from the local community.Sixty pupils from Belgrave St Peters Church of England Primary School and Wolsey House Primary School who attended the launch were among 160,000 children across the UK who engaged with activities hosted from Space Park Leicester in celebration of Mars Day.

“Leicester has long been a key location for the UK’s space sector, and it is a real privilege to formally open Space Park Leicester just a short distance away from the National Space Centre,” said Major Peake. “Every successful space mission call for experts from a wide range of backgrounds to pull together and collaborate to answer bigger questions: and that’s exactly what somewhere like Space Park Leicester helps to provide.”

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