AstroAcademy220The National Space Academy would like to invite you to lectures two and three of a 3-part series promoting the Astro Academy. Spaces are still available for tonight's lecture (01 October 2015): Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, as well as the public talk (06 October 2015) entitled: Space- so what? 


 Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Date: 01 October 2015

Speaker: Mike Grocott

Time: 7:30 am

Location: Freemasons' Hall, Banbury

Mike Grocott is the Principal of Space Studio Banbury – the Uk's first school with space contexts embedded throughout the curriculum for all students. He is also an Advanced Skills Teacher, a National Space Academy Lead Educator and will be talking about the historic forthcoming mission of Tim Peake, the country's first government-sponsored ESA Astronaut. Tim will be flying to the International Space Station where he will spend 6 months living and working as part of Expedition 45. Mike will give a brief overview of Tim's mission as well as illustrating the challenges of a Mars mission.

Audience: Business

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Space – so what?

Speaker: Anu Ojha 

Date: 6 October 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Pippard Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge

Since the birth of the Space Age in 1957 with the launch of the world's first satellite, the discoveries made through applications of space science and engineering have changed humanity's perspectives of our position in the universe. But what difference has space science and technology made to our everyday lives? Has it really been worth all of the money spent? Could space science save us from mass extinctions of life on our home planet? And what will British astronaut Tim Peake be doing on the International Space Station (ISS) during his six month mission there in 2015-16?

Free entry

Audience: Year 12/13 students, teachers, general public.

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The first talk in the series took place on 29 September at the University of Birmingham. The public lecture given by Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy focussed on the triumphs, challenges and future of human spaceflight.