PLANET IN AD­VANCE

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“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.

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