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Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

The next frontier

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clips from lecture 3 are as follows:

Step 1: Starter to link to pupil experience
Introduce the topic of extremely long journeys by starting with talking about pupils’ greatest or...

Monitoring Health on the International Space Station

From Our Space, these two short video clips describe how aspects of Richard Garriottt's health were monitored during his visit to the International Space Station. The first video clip describes experiments into how back pain, motion sickness and bone structure can be affected by space travel. The second video...

Mission: Starlight

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry,  is about protecting astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light.

 

Students can experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best and can...

Life of water

The resources in this pack detail a series of experiments teachers can run with their class when learning about water.  Each experiment is set in a space context and includes information for students and for teachers.

The short video clips can be used to support the activities in the teachers' guide.

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Life in Our Solar System

Life in the extremesMicrobes can survive in the most hostile and inhospitable environments. Might similar places in our solar system be able to support them too?

Why are scientists interested in Mars?Why are scientists interested in Mars? Four scientists talk about why they are interested in the red...

Is There Anyone Out There?

This resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. It is based upon the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather evidence of life on the...

Great British Space Food

This video features celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, challenging the viewer to design a British themed meal for astronaut Tim Peake to eat on the International Space Station (ISS). The video features some footage of astronaut on the ISS to illustrate the point that the food will have to be eaten in a weightless...

How to Save the Planet and Be Cool

In this Science Museum video, the Punk Science team show some of the changes needed to help prevent climate change, focusing on reuse, recycling and reducing waste. Many ways of reducing waste are shown in the form of a photo diary. The issues of food miles and vehicle emissions are also addressed.

Astronauts on 'Space Walk' from the International Space Station

This vertiginous video clip , from Footagevault, shows an astronaut emerging from the Quest airlock on board the International Space Station. Further views recorded from a small camera mounted on the astronaut's helmet show the astronaut-eye view of his spacewalk, looking around the outside of the Space Station...

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