Space and Science Festival @ Te Papa

Meet an astronaut and a scientist from NASA, and Te Papa’s natural environment experts, in a day celebrating space and science. For students in years 5–9.

Sold out

  • When Fri 12 May 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm
  • Where
    Meet at the Entrance, Level 1
  • Cost Free event
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Please note: This event has sold out, but it will be live-streamed. We will post a link to the live-stream closer to the date, on here and Twitter. Viewers will be able to ask questions to the speakers.

In the morning, meet our scientists as you explore Te Papa. Join the interactive physics show Move It! – find out about Newton’s three laws of motion, and watch Space Chick Steve fly across the room.

In the afternoon, hear talks by two NASA experts:

  • Yvonne Cagle, an astronaut and qualified flight surgeon for shuttle missions
  • Jen Blank, an astrobiologist who looks for evidence that life could have existed on Mars.

Booking is required for this free event. Follow the green ‘book now’ link above.

Black and white long exposure photograph of a star trail


Night sky, Waimamaku, late 1950s, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (O.009782/01)

About the Space and Science Festival

The Space and Science Festival is a Wellington-based series of science events for children, ranging from astrophotography to bioluminescent bug art.

Visit the Space and Science Festival website

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