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Moonsaics

This collection of five Moonsaics have been created by the National Schools' Observatory, they consist of five different images of the Moon, separated into multiple picture panels per image, much like a "giant jigsaw puzzle". Students are challenged to assemble the completed images, offering them the opportunity to...

Mars Yard

Guidance and navigation engineer, Richard Lancaster, explains how the ‘Mars Yard’, at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage, allows engineers to test out the capabilities of the ExoMars rover.  He talks about the need to transmit all commands and receive data through a spacecraft orbiting Mars.  Spacecraft engineer,...

Landing sites

Planetary scientists, Dr. Matthew Balme and Dr. Elliot Sefton-Nash, talk about how challenging it is to find a scientifically compelling site to land in, once the engineering considerations in terms of the landing has been taken into account.

This video is part of a series of ten which look at the one of the...

Instrument field trials

Professor Andrew Coates and Dr Ian Hutchinson explain how the ExoMars instruments, the Pancam and Raman spectroscopy instruments can be combined to help scientists identify areas of interest on the surface of Mars.  The video shows how field trips are important to learn first-hand the challenges that the ExoMars...

Importance of exploration

The Northern Lights have been the subject of wonder for millennia.  In this film, physicist Melanie Windridge explores the arctic in her search for the aurora borealis, or Nothern Lights.  She briefly explains how the Northern Lights are formed and the links between science and exploration.

Melanie also...

Imaging the Earth

Combing satellite and ground-based imagery, this cross-curricular learning resource for primary teachers explores planet Earth from a range of perspectives.

The activities are intended to build map skills and recognition of many physical geography features in familiar and unfamiliar locations. Mathematics...

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...

Forces - Rocket Launch

This starter clip from Teachers TV demonstrates how much air pressure is needed to move objects of varying size. Scientist Dr Mark Biddiss constructs a makeshift launch pad, watched by children from Orion Primary School in north London. The air volumes are changed to project small, medium-sized and large bottles...

Food Texture

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks children to think about textures of food when they design their meal for astronaut Tim Peake to eat on the International Space Station. He suggests experimenting and mixing textures together to give the best...

First Exoplanet

From the European Southern Observatory (ESO), this video describes how an exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our galaxy, the Milky Way, from another galaxy has been detected. A team of astronomers observed the exoplanet using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-...

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