12 Oct 2017
What would happen if you sent one of Scotland’s much loved Tunnock’s Teacakes into space? Would it return in tip top condition or would it be a smooshed, melted mess? Glasgow Science Centre wanted to find out. In the latest “Glasgow Science” video, GSC puts “Terry the Teacake” through astronaut training where the marshmallow treat took part in a simulated rocket launch, was exposed to the low temperatures and pressure of space and then the blistering heat experienced during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. In true GSC style, presenter Science Sam uses his science acumen plus some liquid nitrogen, a bazooka, a vacuum chamber and his trusty blow torch to put Terry through his paces. After Terry’s training there was only one way to find out if he would actually survive- launch him into space!
GSC will stream a recording of Terry’s space adventures on its social media channels on Friday 13 October at 12pm. Viewers will be able to see Science Sam launch Terry from Houston (Renfrewshire, not Texas) and watch his journey as he ascends above Glasgow, Scotland and Earth!
Dr Stephen Breslin, Chief Executive of Glasgow Science Centre said:
“Space exploration and the wonders of the universe captures everyone’s imaginations. From those who grew up with the moon landings in the 70s through to the modern day explorations of Mars. We see this at GSC through peoples’ reactions in the planetarium when we take them on a journey through the rings of Saturn, visit the International Space Station or go beyond our galaxy through the Universe. We engage people with space science every day, and we thought what better way to spark people’s imaginations than for us to launch something into space and give people the opportunity to watch a live recording of that journey. The conditions on Terry’s launch day were perfect and the views as he climbs above Glasgow and beyond are incredible. I don’t want to give too much away, but Terry in space is something else- definitely a must watch at lunchtime on Friday.”
You can see Terry’s astronaut training on the GSC website https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/glasgow-science and tune into his launch from 12pm on Friday 13 October on Glasgow Science Centre’s facebook and twitter pages.