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Reaching for the stars

How one teacher’s journey to bring space into the classroom led her to be recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society.Jenny Lister is a primary school teacher at St George the Martyr Primary School in London and has recently been awarded the Patrick Moore medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.We chatted to her about how she has used the...
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Ten activities for World Space Week

One of the questions at a Tim Peake event I attended recently asked about when there would be astronauts on Mars. Obviously, no-one knows for certain when this will be, but Tim put on the spot, gave an estimate of late 2030’s.This is not that far away and for the audience, including the many children there, it could well happen in our lifetime....

Making estimates about space

Do astronauts cut their hair in space? Recently, I’ve been exploring space in my mathematics classroom. The new curriculum requires students to study mathematics in an unfamiliar context, and the setting of space can provide an engaging way of covering familiar mathematical ideas.Additionally, the new GCSEs in science and design and technology...
  • 31/07/2017

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World Space Week sees astronaut set out of this world fitness challenge for UK students

The Space to Earth Challenge is launching today at the Royal Aeronautical Society. This challenge invites schools from across the UK to take part in a triathlon styled challenge, which has been set up by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake.A World Space Week event, hosted by the Cool Aeronautics team, has announced the challenge today...

Rosetta resources win award

Last year, the Rosetta mission captured Europe’s imagination as Rosetta and Philae made history by landing on comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.To support teachers in capitalising on this fantastic event ESERO-UK created a dedicated book of resources exploring the mission through a range of exciting activities for primary pupils. This great...

The Royal Institution's Christmas lectures have been announced

The Royal Institution have announced the 2015 Christmas lecturer as being Dr Kevin Fong, an expert in space medicine.This year’s Christmas lectures will be based around ‘How to survive in space’ and is due to be broadcast on BBC Four during the festive season.In celebration of Tim Peake’s impending launch to the International Space Station (ISS),...

Last chance to register for your rocket seeds

On 2 September 2015, two kilograms of rocket seeds were successfully launched into space, bound for their new home aboard International Space Station (ISS).The seeds departed from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Soyuz 44S - the flight that is delivering European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and his crew to the ISS. Once docked on Friday 4...

Gaia completes first year of scientific observations

In December 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched Gaia, a billion-star surveyor. The satellite started scientific operations in July 2014, after spending six months in orbit.Now, over a year later, Gaia is continuing to carry out its main operation – surveying stars and measuring their positions. This enables the satellite to work out...


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