Astro Academy: Principia

In 2016, European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, carried out a series of experiments on the International Space Station, using equipment designed by the National Space Academy. 

The overall programme includes the following topics from UK physics and chemistry secondary school curricula:

  1. Newton’s Laws
  2. Momentum and Kinetic Energy
  3. Circular Motion
  4. Kinetic theory of gases and molecular vibrations
  5. Gravity, ballistics and orbits

The videos include dynamic analysis of the movement of objects to allow students to investigate the motion of objects in free-fall.

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Astro Academy: Principia - careers

This video features Anu Ohja talking about the growth of the UK space sector and the involvement in of the UK in human spaceflight.

Astro Academy: Principia - gravity

This video explains the concept of gravity and why everything on the International Space Station appears to float.

This collection of videos show ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake, on the International Space Station, demonstrating circular motion.  In this free-fall environment, Tim can demonstrate how objects move in a circular path without the observed effects of gravitational acceleration with similar experiments performed in the...

This collection of videos show ESA Astronaut, Tim Peake, on the International Space Station, demonstrating the physics of collisions.  In this free-fall environment, Tim can demonstrate how objects collide without the observed effects of gravitational acceleration with similar experiments performed in the classroom...

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