Winners and runners-up of the EO Detective competition attended a special event at the National Space Centre in Leicester on 1st October to celebrate World Space Evening and receive their prizes.
The evening started with an informal reception for the young people and their guests, which featured space themed cupcakes. They then enjoyed talks on space exploration and new approaches to mapping the Earth and were free to view the museum exhibits. There was also a chance for everyone to make their own satellite.
The main event was held in the impressive planetarium, which was filled to capacity. NCEO Outreach officer Catherine Fitzsimons led a fun Earth observation quiz. She encouraged everyone to identify features in images of the Earth and decide whether the image was taken by an astronaut or a satellite. The electronic voting system gave us immediate results, showing that the audience were pretty knowledgeable: only 2% identified a picture of Tim Peake as Buzz Lightyear – sorry Tim!
George Lever receiving his photograph of Angel Falls and Canaima National Park, Venezuela signed by Tim Peake at World Space Evening. George was one of the runners-up of the EO Detective Competition. Libby Jackson, UKSA presents the prizes. Image credit @Clevershot, twitter.
Libby Jackson from the UK Space Agency then presented the winners and runners-up with their prizes: their requested photographs taken from the International Space Station, and signed by Tim Peake. The images varied from photographs of Angel Falls to Al Zaatari refugee camp. John Remedios, Director of NCEO, commented on how inspiring it had been to read the young people’s competition entries. He congratulated the winners for coming up with some excellent ideas that were chosen from over 1000 entries.
A fantastic night was had by all involved, celebrating the children’s success. We hope they enjoy showing off their prizes to their schools, friends and families.