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Press Release
Spaceport Visitor Attraction Announces its first Starchaser Event Day

Spaceport, Merseyside's latest and most imaginative tourist attraction, will be hosting its first special event this Friday, 5 August 2005, with its partners Starchaser who will be on hand to provide an open day on the subject of rocket propulsion. For, in addition to the range of Starchaser rocket exhibits permanently on display at Spaceport, the Northwest aerospace company will display the 38 foot tall record breaking Nova rocket as well as the first public showing of the state of the art Churchill Mk 3 fifteen tonne equivalent thrust rocket engine, the largest engine of its kind in Europe.

Starchaser CEO Steve Bennett will be on hand together with members of the Outreach team and scientists from the Starchaser factory to talk about the project and answer questions on all aspects of the new British space programme.

The Spaceport / Starchaser partnership will also be running a "rocket factory" where hundreds of young rocket scientists will have the opportunity to build and fly their own model rocket.

Spaceport is a 10 million venture based in a listed building at Mersey Ferries Seacombe Terminal. It is housed in one of the finest art deco buildings in the region and contains an astonishing array of interactive exhibits and space information ranging from wormholes and blackholes to supernovae and spiral galaxies. A Space Dome theatre takes people on an exciting ride through space and to maintain the fun there is a simulated ride on the "Space Explorer" which provides a state of the art audio visual journey.

Spaceport opens at 10.30am. Prices for admission are Adult 6.95, Child 4.50, Concession 4.95, and Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) 18.95.

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Further information:-
Layton Quinton
Spaceport Sales and Marketing Manager
Tel 0151 330 1593
Email : Layton.Quinton@merseytravel.gov.uk

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