Man in an orange spacesuit in a workshop, smiling to the camera, giving the thumbs up and riding an exercise bike

How I Hacked my Way into Space

This is a past event from Manchester Science Festival 2017.

In 2010, Jon Spooner accidentally set up his own space agency. In a shed. The Unlimited Space Agency (UNSA) started as a way of teaching kids about science and ended with him working with some of the world’s most prestigious space and science organisations. How I Hacked My Way Into Space tells the story of one man’s mission to hack his way into space from his garden shed in St Albans, via the European Astronaut Centre to the International Space Centre. This is the story of how even the smallest person can make a difference and achieve their seemingly impossible dreams.

If you’re joining us on Saturday 28 October, get chatty in between the shows with guest scientists Professor Philippa Browning and Dr Rob Appleby, from the University of Manchester. They’ll be discussing astrophysics, high energy particle physics and Rob’s secret life as a DJ.

Please dress for outdoor weather.

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Friday 27 October - Saturday 28 October 2017,
12.30pm - 1.10pm,
4pm - 4.40pm

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The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

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Booking required

Free (tickets available from Monday 16 October)

Age guidance

Families 7+

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