Space Ranger day

Dates: Saturday 18th June 2022
Location: Science Centre
Duration: Throughout the day
Tickets: Included with admission

Calling all Space Rangers!

Children who visit us dressed in their best Space Ranger outfit on Saturday 18th June will be rewarded with a free return visit!

Budding astronauts can wear home-made tin foil space helmets, cardboard rocket packs or full head-to-toe Star Command costumes. The possibilities are endless!

How to dress as a Space Ranger for Space Ranger Day!

Take your inspiration from the uniforms of Buzz and his friend Alisha, Space Rangers for Star Command! They either wear their jumpsuits when working on the ground, or their spacesuits when on a mission in space.

Space Ranger jumpsuit

In the movie, Space Rangers wear dark blue jumpsuits inspired by the jumpsuits worn by astronauts. If you can’t find a jumpsuit, try wearing a top and bottoms in matching colours. Jumpsuits have lots of zips and pockets so maybe you can find clothes that do too.

Just like astronauts’ jumpsuits, Buzz and Alisha’s jumpsuits feature patches. Whilst astronauts will have their “wings” patch on their left breast with their name and the logo of their space agency on their right breast, the Space Rangers in Lightyear have a stylised design on their left and their surname on the right.

Real life astronauts wear the flag of their nation on their left shoulder and the patch for their specific mission on their right shoulder – both on their jumpsuits and on their spacesuits!

Space Ranger spacesuit

Just like for astronauts, the most important function of a Space Ranger’s spacesuit is to keep them alive when going on missions in space! A spacesuit can be pressurised and supplied with oxygen for survival in the airless vacuum of space, but your version only has to look the part. Think about covering the whole body if you can – what about gloves, boots, and a helmet?

A Space Ranger’s spacesuit has a number of indicators and devices, such as lights on the chestplate, and a control panel on the forearm. Space Rangers like Buzz wear a purple skull cap under their helmet, incorporating headphones to listen for messages from Star Command. Real life astronauts wear skull caps too, although theirs are black and white instead of purple!

A spacesuit needs to protect the body but also allow a Space Ranger to move, so it has rigid sections but is designed for movement in the joints such as knees and wrists. Spacesuits are usually white to keep astronauts (or Space Rangers) cool by reflecting the rays of the nearest star, like our Sun.

The Space Rangers in Lightyear have green and purple detailing on their spacesuits, what colours will you choose for yours?

As part of a collaboration with Disney and Pixar, we're heading off on an expedition into space this summer to celebrate the science that inspired the new movie, Lightyear. Coinciding with the release of the blockbuster on Friday 17th June, between Thursday 21st July and Sunday 4th September, you can also take part in exciting Lightyear inspired activities including explosive Science Live spaceship launch and out-of-this-world Space Ranger challenge trail.

Find out about our other Lightyear inspired activities