International Day of Human Space Flight - Secondary

The United Nations has designated 12th April as International Day of Human Space flight to celebrate the beginning of the space era for humankind. It was on this date in 1961 that Yuri Gagarin completed the first successful human space flight so beginning the exploration of space by people.

These resources for pupils aged 11 to 16 cover a range of topics from looking at:

  • life and the experiments on the International Space Station 
  • how to design and build rockets and understand the benefits of different energy sources
  • how plants could be grown on Mars
  • how to generate oxygen by the electrolysis of water



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Libby Jackson - Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager

Libby works at the UK Space Agency, in Swindon.  She works with scientists and industry to ensure that they can run experiments on the International Space Station.  Libby works alongside astronauts who will be running the experiments on the space station.  She leads a team to ensure that research can be performed...

International Space Station (ISS) Education Kit - Lower Secondary

The kit, from ESA, uses five themed chapters to explore various aspects of the International Space Station, including what it is, how it is being built, living and working on board, and what future voyages will be like.

The ISS Education Kit is aimed at teachers of secondary school students aged 12-15. ESA...

3...2...1...lift off! - Building your own paper rocket

In this set of three activities students will design and build their own paper rockets and launch them. They will learn what it takes in order for a rocket to be stable and they will calculate the rocket’s trajectory and velocity. They will learn about the velocity required to leave Earth in a rocket and uncover...

Landing on the moon - Planning and designing a lunar landing

In this set of activities, students will plan, design, and build a landing module to secure the survival of the crew (in the form of an egg-naut) landing on the Moon. They will explore which factors should be considered when landing on the Moon, in comparison to landing on Earth. In the design of the lunar lander,...