The Summer of Space

Posted on Jun 02, 2017 | Tags: Buzz Aldrin, Science Foundation Ireland, SFI, Space, BCO, Astronomy Ireland, Summer of Space, Jim Dator, Dr Niamh Shaw, NASA, Nicole Stott, Crawford Art Gallery, Dr. Barbara Imhof, Mayfield Arts Centre, Rocket launch, CIT, Space camp

This summer CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) celebrates 10 years as an award-winning science and discovery centre, engaging close to 1 million people over that time on explorations of contemporary science and technology through the theme of astronomy and space.

Summer of Space is the broadest public engagement programme ever organised by a host country during a Space Studies Programme. With over 50 public events taking place across Cork city and county and the island of Ireland the extensive programme will raise public awareness of the benefits, challenges and inspiration of space exploration and other space endeavours. With a host of world-leading space experts and enthusiasts appearing at events for young and old there are ways for everybody to explore this incredible Universe and humankind’s place in the vastness of Space.

The public is invited to attend a series of In Space conversations with some of the world’s leading experts in space and future study fields; Jim Dator, editor in chief of the World’s Future Review, will be at Blackrock Castle on June 30 speaking about what lies ahead in space exploration and for us as a species. NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott will appear at the Crawford Art Gallery at 6pm on July 6 with leading Space Architect, Dr Barbara Imhof, in a panel discussion facilitated by science communicator and BCO Artist in Residence Dr Niamh Shaw. Free family workshops take place in the gallery that afternoon supported by the Crawford Art Gallery and Mayfield Arts Centre.

People can watch a rocket launch competition at CIT Sports Ground on July 23rd and young people can hone their rocket building skills at Blackrock Castle Observatory’s 10th annual Space Camps over the two weeks prior to July 23. Everyone that registers for Space Camp will be in with a chance to win 2 tickets to Buzz Aldrin’s lecture at CIT on June 27.

Buzz Aldrin will open the Space Studies Programme on June 26, 2017.

Ticketed admission to Summer of Space events in association with Blackrock Castle Observatory can be booked on Call 021 432 6120 for the full schedule.

Be sure to share your Summer of Space experience on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #OurSpaceOurTime #SummerofSpace and #SSP17.

The main programme of events for the International Space University’s Space Studies Programme (ISU SSP17) will be announced next week. All official events are free and bookings will open soon on