27 Apr

Home Planet gallery launch at the National Space Centre

Dr Lee with hands on hips wearing a superhero themed t-shirt and cape

The next generation of climate change superheroes discovered the importance of our home in space at the Home Planet gallery launch at the National Space Centre coinciding with Earth Day 2022 on Friday 20 April.

 

The Home Planet gallery is the latest addition to Leicester’s National Space Centre, and explores how humans can manage our relationship with the air, water and land of planet Earth, created with input from both the University of Leicester and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO).

 

Neil McGhee, Low Carbon Champion on the LLEP Board said, 

“Sustainability is a pillar of our Economic Growth Strategy. Our aim is to become a leader in zero carbon while building sustainability principles into everything we do.

“The success of Space Park Leicester has already demonstrated the opportunity of earth observation as we develop future technologies and businesses in our region.

“The nearby National Space Centre is hugely popular with visitors and its new Home Planet gallery will further grow awareness of sustainability and the vital role of satellite technology in helping us better manage our relationship with our planet.”

In addition to a series of new interactive displays and hands-on activities, guests also enjoyed talks and workshops with a number of experts, including University of Leicester sustainability lead, Dr Sandra Lee.

 

Dr Lee donned her cape to show families how they can use their own superpowers to protect Earth. She said,

 

“Learning about space helps us to understand our place in the universe, and using that to frame the conversation around protecting the planet is something that children especially can really get on board with.”

The new Home Planet gallery features an interactive projection floor with ice, water, and sea creatures that respond to visitor movements, while an art installation by local artist Michelle Reader will highlight the human impact on the environment.

Kevin Yates, Head of Exhibition Design at the National Space Centre, said,

“We’ve designed the gallery to take visitors on a journey aimed at deepening our appreciation for the beauty and wonder of this living planet.”

“The journey concludes on an aspirational note, with visitors considering the individual and collective changes they are willing to make to live more harmoniously with our Home Planet.”

Both the new Home Planet gallery and neighbouring Space Park Leicester – led by the University of Leicester – are part-funded by Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

Space Park Leicester also proudly hosts the headquarters of the NCEO.

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