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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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Are we alone? Searching for planets beyond our solar system

Based on the search for planets beyond our solar system, “Are we alone?” is an innovative, cross-curricular, STEM-based resource comprising a set of nine lessons that use creative activities to encourage and inspire children to work scientifically.Taking on roles of astrobiologists, space engineers or galactic astronomers, pupils also learn about...

European Astro PI Challenge 2017 - 2018

The European Astro Pi Challenge 2017-2018 is giving school students the chance to run their own science investigation in space by means of computer coding.This year’s Challenge will feature two different levels of complexity: mission Zero and mission Space Lab.Astro Pi – mission Zero In this mission, students will contribute to the daily routine...

Your chance to get involved in the next human outpost in space!

Do you have ideas on how the next generation of space station can be utilised for the education of students?Send your ideas to ESA for the educational use of the future Deep Space Gateway human outpost.What is the Deep Space Gateway?The Deep Space Gateway will be a human habitable outpost near the Moon. The concept of this new strategic station is...

Mission X 2018 open for registration

This is your chance to be part of Mission X 2018Mission X is an international project led by the UK Space Agency, NASA and ESA and involving 29 different countries.Mission X participants train like an astronaut, learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules, and get excited about the world's...

Cassini mission reaches its dramatic finale

The international Cassini mission will arrive at its final destination this Friday when it plunges into Saturn’s atmosphere, concluding 13-years of exploration around the ringed planet.The probe flew within 120,000km of the giant moon Titan on Monday - an encounter that bent its trajectory just enough to put it on a collision path with the planet’...

Bringing BBC’s 'Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?' into the classroom

If you enjoyed the first episode of the BBC’s new Astronauts show, then you may be looking to bring the program into your lessons.ESERO-UK’s resource library contains resources which can do just that. Below we’ve laid out the resources from our library that we think best link to the each episode of the show.Episode 2 - 27 August 2017The candidates...

Counting calories in space

Rockets and spacecraft may get us to Mars, but food must nourish us on the journey. Now researchers are using the International Space Station to look at how much food will be needed on a spacecraft heading to the Moon, Mars or beyond. By tracking the energy used by astronauts, we can count the number of calories humans will need for long flights....

The door has closed on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

The successor to Hubble has been locked tight inside a giant chamber where it will undergo a series of tests to simulate conditions off Earth.Engineers must first pump out all the air, and then cool down the telescope to fantastically low temperatures.JWST is on track to be launched on a European Ariane rocket in just over a year from now. It will...

Seeing the world with new eyes

On Friday, July 28th, the European Space Agency astronaut, Paolo Nespoli will launch to the International Space Station, with NASA astronaut, Randy Bresnik, and Russian cosmonaut, Sergey Ryazanskiy. An experienced astronaut, at the age of 60, it will be Paolo’s third spaceflight. In June, astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned from his...

Antarctic iceberg: Giant 'white wanderer' poised to break free

A rift has grown across the edge of the Larsen C Ice Shelf.  A thin, 5km-long section of the floating shelf is now all that prevents a 6, 000-sq-km berg from drifting away into the Weddell Sea.That's more than a quarter the area of Wales. There is an estimated 1,155 cubic km of ice in the block.British astronaut Tim Peake...

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