This year, Manchester is the European City of Science, with the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) launching recently.

From urban allotments of the future down on St Ann’s Square to Oldham’s own Professor Brian Cox announcing the 5:10 tram from Piccadilly to Oldham Mumps, the city is currently awash with all things science.

Here at Forever Manchester we love our city’s rich history of science and exploration, and support a number of groups with scientific projects.


One of those groups is Manchester Space Programme who recently received an award from the Auto Trader Community Fund to develop a space exploration balloon with expertise in the community.

Group Member Anthon Fawl said “Large Government organisations or Corporate and academic institutions seem to be the only way people can access Space and Near Space research and expertise. I want to explore space and be part of something that my family and friends can join in.”

The group are currently working on finalising a balloon that will travel around the world close to space, sending photos and information back to the group in Manchester.  For more information about the group, you can visit their website here and see a video of a previous mission below: