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Lates return to the Science Museum with a (big) bang

Space Lates
Wednesday 24 November 2021, 18.45–22.00
Free, ticketed

On Wednesday 24 November 2021, a special space themed Lates will relaunch the Science Museum’s after-hours extravaganza. Supported by the Mayor of London as part of Let’s Do London, the out-of-this-world line-up of events, activities and talks will explore everything from the smells of the solar system to understanding our climate from space.

Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, said: ‘London is the greatest city in the world with entertainment and wonder on offer day and night. I’m delighted to welcome the return of this amazing space Lates to the Science Museum which will be open after-hours and is just one of a host of incredible things to do and see in our capital after dark this winter.’

From pop-culture to cutting-edge scientific research, space is a topic that continues to inspire audiences across the world. Visitors are invited to join the Science Museum to celebrate the past, present and future of space exploration surrounded by real space technology, such as the Apollo 10 Command Module, astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft and a piece of the Moon.

Lates will also celebrate 50 years since the only launch of a British satellite on a British rocket. Visitors can discover more about Britain’s rocket programme, dance under the iconic Black Arrow rocket, and train like an astronaut this November.

Interactive workshops and immersive simulators will bring the infinite wonders of space down to Earth. Visitors can enjoy a live performance from violinist and composer Anna Phoebe, accompanied by incredible visuals from the European Space Agency (ESA); get hands-on with the challenge of Britain’s own one small step into the space race; or uncover the mysteries of objects from the depths of the Science Museum’s stores which helped shape history.

This Lates also explores the UK’s future in space with a range of talks from leading figures. Libby Jackson, formerly of ESA and NASA and now at the UK Space Agency, will discuss the future of citizens in space while the CEO of Virgin Orbit, Dan Hart, will share his ambitions for the space industry and rocket launches from the UK. Madeline Thorpe, CEO of Spaceport Cornwall, will be on hand to explore the logistics of opening and running a spaceport in a special Q&A session, and the Skyrora team will tell of their plans for low-cost rockets and affordable space technology.

All this and more will be available to visitors, including the chance to test their knowledge in a Space Pub Quiz, strut their stuff in a replica ESA spacesuit, or practise the moonwalk in our intergalactic silent disco.

Visitors to the popular adults-only, late-night opening are required to pre-book their free or VIP timed tickets to help manage numbers and ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all. The talks and workshops throughout the evening will be socially distanced, with enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place.

Space Lates takes place at the Science Museum on Wednesday 24 November from 18.45–22.00. For more information and to book free tickets visit

More Lates Highlights:

Climate from Space

Explore the major shifts in our climate taking place across the Earth from the vantage point of space. You can marvel at the amazing detail captured by the European Space Agency satellites on a giant interactive touchscreen.

Science on a Sphere

Hear stories about the past, present, and possible future of humanity exploring space – from stepping foot on the Moon 50 years ago, and astronauts living on the International Space Station, to the future of space travel.

Cut + Paste Space

Debate and discuss the ethics behind using genome editing to one day create the perfect astronaut with scientists from the Francis Crick Institute.

Between Worlds: There is no Planet B

Experience a live performance of an original composition by virtuoso violinist Anna Phoebe, accompanied by stunning visuals from the European Space Agency.

Soyuz Simulator

Train like a Russian cosmonaut on the British Interplanetary Society’s replica Soyuz simulator and attempt to dock a Soyuz capsule with the International Space Station.

Sniffing the Solar System

Researchers have developed gas sniffing machines that can be sent to comets to find out what they’re made of and help detect water on the Moon. Meet the team working with the futuristic technology and discuss what challenges they could help solve back here on Earth.

The Rocket Show

Join this explosive show and discover how rockets travel to space and back again using Newton’s laws of motion – sometimes it is rocket science.

Will Astronauts play Table Football?

Join UK Space Labs and find out how future explorers of space might cope with extreme, isolated conditions on long missions into the depths of our galaxy.

The Occult History of the X-Ray

Cultural historian Emma Merkling will take you through a ghostly history of X-rays and explore the beliefs of Victorian scientists who thought X-rays could reveal the spirit world.




Wednesday 24 November 2021, 18.45 – 22.00
Entry to Lates is FREE but ticketed, and for ages 18+
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About Science Museum Lates

Bringing together a host of themed talks, workshops and activities, Science Museum Lates are free adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum every month. Science Museum Lates began in September 2008, and the museum has since hosted over 120 Lates events with themes ranging from sexuality and medicine, zombies and Frankenstein, to China and AI. Find out more about past Science Museum Lates events.

About the Science Museum

The Science Museum is part of the Science Museum Group, the world’s leading group of science museums that share a world-class collection providing an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Over the last century the Science Museum, the home of human ingenuity, has grown in scale and scope, inspiring visitors with exhibitions covering topics as diverse as robots, code-breaking, cosmonauts and superbugs. 2020 marked a decade of transformation for the museum with the opening of the largest medical galleries in the world – Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries and Science City: The Linbury Gallery – the story of how London became a hub of discovery during 1550-1800. The Science Museum was named a winner of the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize for Twitter: @sciencemuseum

About Let's Do London

Let’s Do London is a £7m initiative launched by the Mayor of London, Visit London, Transport for London and backed by industry, bringing together the capital’s world-leading hospitality, culture, nightlife and retail venues to promote all London has to offer.

Let’s Do London will reinvigorate central London and welcome back visitors from across the UK back to the capital with a curated programme of seasonal events and cultural activities designed to suit a range of age groups. The campaign will include a major advertising push supported by London & Partners and TfL, alongside new content on the Visit London website outlining all the campaign has to offer to Londoners and visitors to the capital.

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