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.


The Earth's Magnetic Field, Snow, and Chernobyl

This podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) looks at how scientists plan to measure the Earth's magnetic field from space, why one researcher is in the frozen town of Churchill in northern Canada, and how the Chernobyl disaster still affects Northern...

A Clearer Picture of Climate Change

A case study produced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). More accurate global weather forecasts and a better understanding of climate change are in prospect thanks to a breakthrough by electrical engineers at Queen’s University Belfast. 

The team has developed a high...

Rocket Fuel Powers New Technology

A case study from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) looking at new technology which is improving the sensitivity of MRI scans, developed with support from the EPSRC.

The technique, based on manipulating space shuttle fuel, could allow doctors to learn far more from a traditional...

Sputnik at 50

This Science upd8 activity draws on the 1957 launch of the satellite Sputnik 1 which heralded a new stage in human exploration and prompted the development of rockets in the Space Race. In this role play, students consider the benefits and costs of space exploration. 


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