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Urban Spaceman's Talk is out of this World

An award winning space writer and lecturer from Newcastle – known as the “urban spaceman” – is launching a question and answer session at the Brampton Museum.

Phill Parker, who lives in the Westlands, is inviting people to find out more about spaceflight on Wednesday, 30 May at 2pm.

Visitors can handle real space-related items including gloves, a boot and helmet, meteorites that are 4.5 billion years old and part of a thermal blanket from the cargo bay of the ill-fated Columbia space shuttle before the fabric is returned to America shortly.

The event complements Phill’s mini exhibition which features private memorabilia including a local “Spitfire in space” postage stamp that was sent to the Russian Mir space station in 1997 to honour its designer Reginald Mitchell, used rocket parts from Project Apollo and meteorites.

Phill, who founded the West European Space Colony Society, won the first prestigious Aviation Space Writers Association’s International Space Writers Award. He has interviewed most of the Apollo astronauts, including those who walked on the moon, and has organised major spaceflight exhibitions for more than 50 years.

The lecturer originated the Darwin millennium space rock flight in 1998 that took a piece of igneous rock from the Butterton Dyke in Newcastle-under-Lyme on a flight to the Mir space station to celebrate the turn of the century and Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution. A piece of the same rock will be sent to the moon on an unmanned lunar lander in 2019.

Cllr. Mark Holland, Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “The Brampton Museum is the Council’s cultural gem and there is always something interesting to see, hear or do. This event is certainly no exception: it’s an unusual opportunity to learn more about spaceflight from someone who is very knowledgeable in this field. Don’t forget to bring your camera!”

Admission to the question and answer session is free. Free car parking is also available.


Last updated 22 May 2018