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Director Anu Ojha talks to New Scientist about his work, the future of space exploration and the next generation

Image from ITCCC Space Summer SchoolThis article was originally published by New Scientist, titled "UK space academy boss Anu Ojha on what finding aliens might mean" (Magazine issue 3252 , published 19 October 2019)

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Project Apollo: could you pass the test?

apollo 11 crew photo NASAWritten by Chris Carr, National Space Academy Lead Educator

On Saturday the 20th of July 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. The world was transfixed by what is still to this day, one of humanity's greatest achievements. Beyond the huge workforce of scientists, engineers and technicians, it is impossible not to be drawn to the three men who shared the cramped confines of the Apollo command module: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. What was it about these men that set them apart? What sort of testing did they go through? What were the physical and psychological demands imposed upon an Apollo astronaut? How would you measure up if you went through the same selection process?

We'll look at the NASA astronaut selection process from over half a century ago, which you can adapt for classroom discussion and activities.

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Science and Innovation Network in China, and the National Space Academy

UK Science and Innovation Network


The Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has approximately 110 officers in over 40 countries and territories around the world building partnerships and collaborations on science and innovation. Our work in China, in partnership with SIN China, promotes cooperation and collaboration in education and academia.

 

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Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin sends congratulations from the ISS

Alexei Ovchinin sends congratulations from the ISSOn October 10th Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and US astronaut Nick Hague were launched to the ISS from Kazakhstan on Soyuz MS-10. Their mission ended the same day with an emergency ballistic landing after an anomaly with the booster. The same day, we were celebrating the National Space Academy 10 year anniversary.

 

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Inspiration Rover Project with the University of Derby - Encouraging young people into the world of STEM


May 2019 Inspiration Rover Project with Derby University

 This article is lifted from https://www.derby.ac.uk/news/2019/inspiration-rover-project-encouraging-children-into-the-world-of-stem/

Twelve young people recently enjoyed a day at Leicester's award-winning National Space Centre, celebrating their achievements as part of educational outreach project Inspiration Rover.

 

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Director of the National Space Academy talks Global Space Education at Space Day of China 2019

Anu Ojha at National Space Academy 10 year celebrationProf Anu Ojha OBE, Director of the National Space Academy, has been invited to lead a number of talks and sessions at the China Space Conference, part of Space Day of China 2019 from the 24th – 26th April.

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Apply for a funded Physics masterclass for your school - thanks to the Ogden Trust

Highgate School Physics MasterclassWe have a number of school places left on our Ogden Trust funded physics masterclasses. 

These one day Physics masterclasses for 14 - 19 year olds are almost entirely funded for schools in England with at least 13% of students registered for free school meals. 

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Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director of the National Space Academy, will talk at the UAE Global Space Congress

Anu at 10 year celebrations

Prof Anu Ojha OBE was invited to speak at the Global Space Congress by Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. The Global Space Congress runs from 19th – 21st March and is hosted by the UAE Space Agency in Abu Dhabi. It is a strategic gathering of global space industry leaders.


Promoting the worldwide industry of space, the Congress will bring together over 600 key space agencies, commercial space businesses, academics and space service users.

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What’s space science got to do with protecting planet Earth?

EarthOr, 5 sustainable development goals supported by space science and technology
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Monday 11th February marks the United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This year the UN have chosen to focus on an Investment in Women and Girls for Inclusive Green Growth. This is part of their drive towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a proposed blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. So what have they got to do with space? The space stories that make the headlines are usually about exploration or outer space, but some of the most powerful daily impacts of space science are about improving life on Earth.

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Chemistry at work - “Now I know I want to be a scientist.”

Royal Society of Chemistry logoChemistry plays an important role in the Space Sector. On Tuesday 20th November we held a 'Chemistry at work' event here at the National Space Centre. Year 9 students from different schools joined scientists to learn how studying chemistry can lead to a career in the space sector.

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