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ATV – Amaldi

The physicist Edoardo Amaldi was instrumental in the development of CERN and of ESRO, which eventually became the European Space Agency. One of the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV) is named after him. This video focuses on the low Earth orbit radiation environment and cosmic rays. The...

ATV – Albert Einstein

With the aid of animations, in this video, Anu Ojha explains Einstein’s theory of Special and General Relativity. Special Relativity tells us that the speed of light is constant, and therefore the measurements of space and time will change from the perspective of different observers. General Relativity tell us...

Atacama Pathfinder Experiment Telescope (APEX)

Produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), this video first looks at the Big Bang and evolution of the Universe. It then goes on to show how the ESO are developing an observatory in Chile. The APEX programme is a pathfinder for ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array. This mission will...

Atacama Desert

Astrobiologist Dr. Lewis Dartnell talks from the Atacama Desert about a research trip to find extremophiles that might give scientists some clues as to the kind of life that may exist on the surface of Mars.  Lewis shows how quartz can act as a natural sunscreen to enable cyanobacteria to grow in the dry desert...

Astronomy in the UK

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet reviews British astronomy and space science. It includes articles on discoveries and achievements of UK scientists, current projects, plans for the future, careers information, and advice for schools and students. Topics include: * The electromagnetic...

Astronomy - Careers

This Catalyst article investigates possible careers in astronomy and space science. It provides some information on a number of academic courses leading to an exciting career in astronomy; the article also lists places to visit for those with general interest in astronomy.

This article is from Catalyst: GCSE...

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...

Astronaut or Satellite?

This activity introduces the idea of remote sensing and some of the difficulties of obtaining images from orbit by asking students to match photographs taken from the ground with early astronaut photographs.

Astro Pi Worksheet

This simple worksheet explains the inputs, sensors and outputs on the Astro Pi board. It contains a section for students to fill in with their ideas and a description of what they would use the Astro Pi for on the International Space Station.

Astrobiology

Dr Claire Cousins and Mark Fox-Powell explain how scientists look at life that exists in extreme environments on Earth, to see what kind of life scientists might see on the surface of Mars.  This knowledge helps scientists plan the best target for a rover.

Professor Cockell takes us through the astrobiology...

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