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Press 26 March, 2022

Calling all wannabe astronauts for an out of this world record attempt!

On Saturday 23 April at Bay Road Park, the project is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as astronauts.

Ever fancied yourself as the next Buzz Aldrin, Chris Hadfield or Nicole Stott?

Our Place in Space are giving wannabe astronauts the chance to make their dream a reality.

On Saturday 23 April in Bay Road Park in Derry~Londonderry, the project is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as astronauts.

Open to space travellers of all ages, this is your chance to be involved in a cosmic mission and become a world record breaker. The current world record is 257 astronauts, held by Sea Mills Primary School in Bristol.

The spacesuits worn must meet strict criteria as set out by Guinness World Records. To make sure the spacesuits are mission ready, Our Place in Space will be hosting a series of workshops leading up to the attempt, providing you all with the materials needed to create your own costume.

Astronauts will then gather at Bay Road Park at midday on Saturday 23 April, a day after the sculpture trail officially opens, and take part in the out of this world record attempt.

Ground control on the day will be led by Mark Langtry, TV presenter and Head of Science at Explorium – Ireland’s National Science Centre. There will also be circus performers, special guests and spot prizes for some of the best costumes.

Click here for more information and to register your place for the world record attempt.

“The opening weekend for the Our Place in Space sculpture trail includes a packed programme of events and activities for everyone to take part in and enjoy. We all know how much people in Derry~Londonderry love to get dressed up and to set new records so we’re encouraging as many people as possible to come along and help set a new record for the city.”

Bronagh McFeely, Senior Producer