Tuesday, 25 September 2007


An important anniversary in the history of space exploration takes place in the coming weeks. Fifty years ago, on 4th October 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to successfully orbit the earth. This event was to change the course of history, and the launch of this tiny satellite is now widely regarded as heralding the dawn of the space age. Since Sputnik, data returned by orbiting satellites, interplanetary probes and human explorers have vastly expanded our knowledge of the Universe beyond Earth.

To celebrate this historic event, Armagh Planetarium is hosting a special day of activities on Saturday 29th September 2007, with free admittance for the over 50s (bring your ID)! Along with our children’s show ‘Secret of the Cardboard Rocket’, we will be showing ‘Dawn of the Space Age’ - an authoritative account of the last fifty years of space travel, from Sputnik up until the present day. Dr Tom Mason (Planetarium Director) will be presenting talks on Sputnik’s fifty year legacy, suitable for all the family.

Budding rocket scientists are invited to take part in our ‘Launch Your Own Sputnik’ Competition, where entrants design and make their own Sputniks and rockets, before trying them out on the launch pad. Prizes will be awarded for the furthest travelling satellites!

To join in our celebrations please pre-book your ticket on 028 3752 3689. For further information and a list of show times visit www.armaghplanet.com

Open Daily 11.30am-5.00pm. Booking is Essential


Adults £6.00 per show

Children (under 16) / Senior Citizens (65 yrs +) £5.00 per show

Family Concession Rate £18 (for maximum 2 adults plus 3 children)

Group Rates (more than 20 people) £5.00 per person

Exhibition Area Only £2.00 per person


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