To mark the arrival of the Mission Discovery space school in Renfrewshire (week commencing 29 June) the council is hosting a week-long programme of public space-themed events which are just out of this world…including a talk from a NASA astronaut!
All events are free but you will be required to book for most of them. Tickets are available in person at Paisley Arts Centre, or by calling 0300 300 1210. Numbers are starting to fill up but there are still spaces available.
Monday 29 June / 7.15pm / Abbey Close / Free (ticketed)
Join us in our special one-night-only cinema marquee as Matthew McConaughy travels through space to save mankind in the award-winning 2014 sci-fi epic. And make sure to pop into Paisley Abbey, where staff will be adding to the cinema experience by selling hot dogs and ice cream in the cafe.
Gravity: Reality vs Hollywood
with ex-NASA astronaut Steve Bowen and NASA Assistant Division Chief, Sarah Murray
Tuesday 30 June / 7.30pm / Paisley Town Hall / Free (ticketed)
Sandra Bullock was lost in space in the 2013 film Gravity…but how true to life was it? Two people who can separate the science from the fiction are astronaut Steve Bowen, who flew on the International Space Station three times, and his colleague Sarah Murray. This one-off event will see them talk us through the best bits of the film and how they relate to their own experience of space.
Solar Viewing / Sunshine (15)
Wednesday 1 July / 6pm and 8pm / Paisley Arts Centre / Free
Join us for a solar viewing session in the grounds of Paisley Arts Centre, led by our resident expert John Pressly, science curator at Paisley Museum. No need to book, just drop in. That will be followed by a showing of Danny Boyle’s searing 2007 sci-fi thriller Sunshine. Free to enter, but tickets required.
Friday 3 July / 7.30pm / Paisley Town Hall / Free (ticketed)
Alfonso Cuaron directs in the multiple-Oscar-winning epic, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Mission Discovery Renfrewshire is a week-long space school in Paisley Town Hall for 200 secondary-school pupils, led by former NASA astronauts and staff.