Satellites, Launchers and Landers

A great deal of space exploration is performed by autonomous craft. They have mapped remote planets and even landed to send surface data back to Earth. Satellites have changed the world of communication, earth observation and, through global positioning systems, everyday navigation. This collection, with contributors such as ESA and NASA, looks at satellites, remote exploration and also the launchers that get them into space.


Venus Express

A Catalyst article about the European Space Agency (ESA) which has sent the Venus Express spacecraft to explore Earth's cloudy neighbour. The purpose of the project, which is primarily to gather information about the atmosphere around Venus, is explained and is put into context with concerns about climate change on...

Yes, It Is Rocket Science

A Catalyst article looking at the methods used to power rockets. Solid rocket boosters and liquid fuel rockets are the two main propulsion systems used to power rockets and solar power is used to drive electrical equipment. This article looks at these power systems and the future for rocket science.


SATIS 8-14: Blue Box Book 9

Box 3, the blue box of ASE’s SATIS 8-14 project, contained ten booklets with resources suggesting activities for teaching science and technology in Key Stage Three. Book 9 contained four units.

Unit 1: Satellites and dishes
Unit 2: Here comes the Sun

Alka-Seltzer Rocket

Produced by the Institute of Physics, this Physics to Go video shows a demonstration of how the idea of pressure can be shown using just a 35mm film canister, some water and an effervescent tablet. When water is added to the effervescent tablet, bubbles of carbon dioxide gas are given off. When the lid is fitted...


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