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ATV launch celebrated by new National Space Academy videos

The National Space Academy is excited to announce the production of five new videos which were released recently to mark the launch of the fifth and final Automatic Transfer Vehicle (ATV).  This series of educational videos aimed at those aged 16+ was commissioned by the European Space Agency to mark the culmination of the programme of unmanned vehicles that have been demonstrating a novel way to supply the International Space Station since 2008.

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Action-packed summer term for the National Space Academy


This summer term has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding time for the National Space Academy, with the team not only growing in number and expanding into new regions but also the reach and impact of the Space Academy being felt more than ever across schools, business and education organisations throughout the UK. 

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Anu Ojha OBE

anu smilingThe National Space Academy is pleased to announce that Anu Ojha, Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Centre and Director of the National Space Academy has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to science education.

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Chris Hadfield inspires Space Engineering students

Chris HadfieldAt the end of last term students from the National Space Academy and Loughborough College's pioneering Space Engineering course were invited to attend a Q & A session with former NASA astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield.

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Latest Update from the National Space Academy

jocelyn bell burnellA new year, a new term, and plenty of new things on the horizon for the National Space Academy.  Upcoming events include a free Year 12 careers event with a keynote from Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, teacher training sessions in physics and chemistry, and a number of free Lead Educator showcases across England.

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Girls in Physics -a student's view: part two

Girls in Physics 030 compressedThe second of the two winning reports on the Girls in Physics day at the Priory Academy LSST was written by Hannah Armson, a year 11 student from Walton Girls' High School, shown here with her team testing their heat shield.  Her report was very clear and features labelled images to take the reader through the day.

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Girls in Physics - a student's view: part one

Girls in Physics 022 compressedEarlier this term the National Space Academy supported a Girls in Physics event.  Students who took part in the event were asked to write a report on the day.  The following is the first of two winning reports written for this website by the girls, and was written by Saima Siddiqui from year 11 of the Priory Academy LSST.

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Living Planet Symposium engages Scottish students

ESA K.Boikou 3The start of September saw Edinburgh host the Living Planet Symposium, a gathering of experts on Earth observation science.  As part of creating an impact from the symposium on awareness of the science involved, several key partners put together activities for a "Schools Lab" running concurrently with the symposium.  National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha was there demonstrating how Earth observation science can be used to tackle classroom topics.

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Girls in Physics event success

Girls in Physics 018 compressedThe National Space Academy's Kierann Shah and Sophie Allan attended an event organised by Lead Educator Ruth Rowsell designed to get year 11 girls thinking about studying physics at A Level and beyond.  The event was supported by The Ogden Trust and The Institute of Physics and invited five schools to bring a team of four capable female science pupils to design and test a thermal protection system, or 'heat shield', for a vehicle re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

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Project Director and Lead Educator at ESA's Summer Teacher Workshop

teachers building cloud chambers node full imageThis August saw the 4th annual ESA Summer Workshop for Teacher's take place at ESTEC in the Netherlands, and once again the National Space Academy was there to challenge teachers to bring inspirational space science contexts into their classrooms. 

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