About Destination Space

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Destination Space is a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programme led by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC). It is funded by the UK Space Agency.

Engaging the UK with space science

We engage and inspire families with school-age children, school groups and communities across the UK with the amazing stories, science and achievements of human and robotic space exploration. Since it first began in 2014 Destination Space has engaged nearly 2.5 million people, with over 20 science centres and museums taking part at different stages.

The phases of Destination Space so far:

  • Phase 1 took place from 2014-2017 and focussed on human spaceflight. It was inspired by British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station.
  • Phase 2 took place from 2018 - 2021. It initially focussed on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Lunar landing, and was then expanded to cover UK space interests including: satellites, UK spaceports, the James Webb Space Telescope and ExoMars.
  • Phase 3 took place from 2021 - 2022 and focussed on the James Webb Space Telescope, UK spaceports, and the use of satellite data for understanding climate science.

The Destination Space projects have all been funded by UK Space Agency, with additional funding as part of Phase 2 from Launch UK.

Discover more about the history and impact of Destination Space on the ASDC website.