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Gaia's Mission: Solving the Celestial Puzzle

This film documents the mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions, which will revolutionise our understanding of the galaxy and the universe beyond. On 19th December 2013, a rocket blasted into the sky from a launch site in French Guiana and travelled 1.5 million km to...

Faye Cashman: Spacecraft Engineer

Faye Cashman is a Systems Engineer at Astrium in Portsmouth. In this video, Faye describes her work with all sorts of spacecraft systems such as communication satellites and the Mars Rover. She is currently working on a new telescope which will, in time, replace the Hubble telescope and uses infrared to see...

ESO la Silla Observatory

Produced by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), this short video shows the observatory and work done at La Silla, Chile.

ESO’s La Silla Observatory celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009. When it began operations, it was the largest astronomical observatory of its time, and it is still one of the most...

Elliptical Orbits

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), illustrates a simple demonstration showing how the orbits of the planets form an ellipse around the sun. It also enables students to see why comets have a much...

Delivering Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom

Produced in 2015 and filmed at the ESERO-UK Secondary Conference, in 2014, this video shows teachers talking about the benefits of bringing in ideas from cutting edge research and technology into the classroom. They describe how information about current space research and missions can help their teaching. The...

Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

In August 2012, an unmanned rover touched down on the surface of Mars. NASA's Curiosity Rover was sent to take measurements of the atmosphere and martian terrain in an effort to understand more about the history of Mars and whether the planet ever sustained life. This video shows an animation of the incredible...

Cooking Up a Comet

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how a range of ingredients can be used to make a material in the classroom that is the similar to the solid head of a comet.

The clip shows how...

Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA)

From the European Southern Observatory, this video describes ALMA, the largest astronomical project currently being built.

ALMA is a state-of-the-art telescope to study light with wavelengths of about one millimetre, shining from some of the coldest objects in the Universe. It is a cooperation of the...

Colour and Temperature of Stars

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how it is possible to illustrate how the light emitted by a star is related to the star's temperature. Using a filamernt lamp and a variable resistor, the...

Chris Styles: Applications Engineer

Chris Styles is a Senior Applications Engineer at ARM, a company that specialises in designing computer chips for mobile phones. In this video, Chris talks about his job finding new uses for the computer chips by inventing new technological devices. 

As a STEM Ambassador, Chris has been working with local...

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