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To infinity and beyond: the story of the spacesuit

Planning a trip into space? Want to remain alive? You’ll need the right outfit. Join television presenter Dallas Campbell and British Astronaut Helen Sharman as they explore the fascinating and surprising story the most advanced item of clothing ever invented.

Dallas Campbell with an Apollo Programme spacesuit
Dallas Campbell

Event description

Planning a trip into space? Want to remain alive? You’ll need the right outfit. From the Apollo suits used to explore the moon, to astronaut Tim Peake’s Russian ‘Sokol’ spacesuit he’ll wear to blast off to the International Space Station, these iconic outfits are full of stories and surprises. Join television presenter Dallas Campbell PLUS an actual spacesuit, and special guests British astronaut Helen Sharman and the Science Museum’s Roger Highfield, to explore up close and personal the most epic item of clothing ever invented! 

Budding astronauts are encouraged to ‘suit up’ and come in space themed fancy dress. The best costume wins the chance to actually try on a real spacesuit! 

Please note: this event is for everyone, especially for families.

Thanks to Mission X: Train like an astronaut for the loan of the real life spacesuit.

About the speakers

Dallas Campbell is a well known (and well travelled) television presenter who has a passion for popularising science and technology. He is best known for science magazine show Bang Goes the Theory, as well as landmark BBC series such as Supersized Earth, Egypt’s Lost Cities, The Treasure Hunters and Stargazing Live. 

He is a proud member of the Ri and was a guest on the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home’ with Prof Danielle George.

In 2015 Dallas won Celebrity Mastermind with legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog as his specialist subject.

Helen Sharman is British chemist and astronaut, and the first British citizen to go into space. After her degree in chemistry from the University of Sheffield, Helen worked first in electronics and then as a research technologist for Mars Confectionery.Helen responded to a radio advertisement for astronauts and was selected from more than 13,000 applicants to be part of Project Juno, a commercial British space mission. In November 1989, she began 18 months of rigorous training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre at Star City, Russia. Helen finally launched into space on May 18, 1991, as a research cosmonaut on board Soyuz TM-12 with two Soviets, commander Anatoli Artsebarsky and flight engineer Sergei Krikalyov. Soyuz TM-12 docked with the space station Mir on May 20. The mission lasted nearly eight days, during which time Sharman conducted a variety of experiments including medical tests.