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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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Identity of rocket seeds revealed

Were the space seeds in the red or blue packet?A special message from British ESA astronaut Tim Peake has been sent to over 600,000 young people who took part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Rocket Science campaign, a national project in partnership with the UK Space Agency. The message has finally provided the answer to the highly...

Astro Academy: Principia launch

The National Space Academy’s latest education project Astro Academy: Principia launches today. This project, requested and supported by the UK Space Agency and ESA, features demonstrations by astronaut Tim Peake on the International Space Station (ISS) that are linked to ground based experiments to explore fundamental topics in physics and...

ESA's ExoMars prepares for landing on Mars

This week, the commands that will govern the Schiaparelli lander’s descent and touchdown on Mars were uploaded to ESA’s ExoMars spacecraft, enroute to the Red Planet.The Trace Gas Orbiter has been carrying the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator since launch on 14 March. Upon arrival on 19 October, Schiaparelli will test the...

End of an era for Rosetta mission

This week as planned, we witness the poignant conclusion of ESA’s Rosetta Mission - with a controlled impact onto the comet it had investigated for over two years.Confirmation of the end of the mission arrived at ESA’s control centre in Darmstadt, Germany at 11:19 GMT with the loss of Rosetta’s signal upon impact.Visit the ESA website for the full...

European Astro Pi Challenge: Code your experiment

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has the pleasure to announce a new challenge for all students under the age of sixteen. Thomas is looking forward to his upcoming Proxima mission, but before flying to the International Space Station (ISS), he would like to invite you to take part in the European Astro Pi Challenge.On board the ISS there are two Astro...

Q Pootle 5 helps children celebrate World Space Week UK

Space is a great place to be! That’s Q Pootle 5’s motto. So to encourage younger children to have an interest in space, lovable alien Q Pootle 5 and his creator, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Nick Butterworth have partnered with World Space Week UK to help celebrate World Space Week 2016. Q Pootle 5 and his friends, Oopsy,...

Space for all launches

This week sees the launch of the 8th Space for All funding scheme. This scheme is aimed at space education and engagement projects that increase awareness of the UK’s space programme and the role that space plays in everyday life.It is a competitive scheme offering grants up to £10K.A key goal in the current UK space strategy is to increase...

European Space Agency illuminating Blackpool

Blackpool’s famous Illuminations are set to be out of this world thanks to a collaboration with ESA.  British ESA astronaut Tim Peake presents the latest ESA missions in “Chasing Stars”, an eight-minute light show, designed to entertain and inspire the next generation of astronauts and engineers, which will be projected on the Blackpool...

Tim Peake confirms attendance at schools conference

We are pleased to be welcoming astronaut Tim Peake to York! Tim will be joining us at the Principia Schools Conference on 5 November at the University of York. Young people from across the country will have the opportunity to present the imaginative work they’ve done linked to Tim's Principia mission - to leading...

New discovery of rocky planet

In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe. Scientists have discovered the rocky planet moving in a zone that...

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