PLANET IN ADVANCE
“There’s a starman, waiting in the sky…” Says who? David Bowie, of course. Trouble is, ‘Starman’ was released in 1972. So if there really is a clever extraterrestrial hanging out in our solar system, could he pop down? We could use his help. That wasn’t Bowie’s point, of course. Nor was he singing of the International Space Station – which began life 20 years ago this month (Nov 20 1998), and is the spark for this piece. You can’t go there, unless you’re an astronaut. But you can go to the National Space Centre. In Leicester (spacecentre.co.uk; £15). And you can go on the following trips too… You can’t yet go to Mars, but you can go on Jupiter. It’s Japan’s oldest wooden rollercoaster. It’s at the Kijima Kogen theme park on the westerly island of Kyushu (kijimakogen-park.jp; Y1,500/£10). Almost as far away as the planet. You can book a 14-night “Kyushu Adventure” (£4,200pp; flights extra) with insidejapantours.com.