Birmingham will be put on the inter-galactic map today when it plays host to the British Festival of Space.
The event at Millennium Point is the biggest showcase of Britain's involvement in the space race and advances in the field of astronomy. Visitors to the four-day festival will be able to find out about triumphs, such as the country's involvement in the Cassini Huygens mission to Saturn.
Scientists are due to attend a space ball at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston tonight and school pupils have been invited to visit the festival tomorrow.
Among other activities and demonstrations taking place at Millennium Point's Thinktank during the festival are rocketry workshops, cometmaking demonstrations and a challenge to make a Mars rover out of Lego.
Visitors will also be able to attend a series of talks given by some of the UK's leading space scientists.