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Aretha Franklin’s legacy will live on with namesake asteroid.

Asteroid 249516 Aretha, found by NASA’s NEOWISE mission and named after the Aretha Franklin to commemorate the ‘Queen of Soul’ will keep orbiting beyond Mars.

Photo source – NASA

Aretha Franklin died yesterday (16.08.2018), aged 76 years.

She won 17 Grammy Awards and influenced countless singers.  She recorded such hits as “Respect”, “Chain of Fools” and “Think”.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

The asteroid was first detected in 2001 and was designated as an asteroid in February 2010 by the NEOWISE project, according to NASA.  The project officially named the space object after Franklin in 2014.

It measures just under three miles across and it orbits between Mars and Jupiter — one of hundreds of thousands currently traveling in that main asteroid belt, according to NASA’s count.  It takes 249516 Aretha about five-and-a-half years to make one trip around the sun, according to The Atlantic.

As long as Aretha the asteroid doesn’t crash into another space object, she’ll be orbiting the sun forever.

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout – 4th August 2018!

MajorTim.space were invited to run drop-in STEM activities at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout – 4th August 2018!

We were running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities!

Visitors took part in two different drop-in activities and some kinetic energy challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Visitors made Hoop Gliders and Thaumatropes, while learning the science behind them – Both of which they could take away with them!

Plus, we had some kinetic energy challenges that got them thinking!

This was RSPB Conwy’s second Big Wild Sleepout of the year!

We were running our ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops at both and had a fantastic time!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Family Fun Day – 1st August 2018!

We had a great time running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Family Fun Day, in Wrexham – 1st August 2018!

We were running two different drop-in activities and some friction challenges:
Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Visitors made Hoop Gliders and Thaumatropes, while learning the science behind them!
Plus, we had some friction challenges that got them thinking!

The event was held in the old TJ Hughes building, in Wrexham!

We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at the Family Fun Day!

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Bluedot Festival 2018 Review!

MajorTim.space were invited to attend Bluedot Festival as press on the Saturday (21.07.2018)!

Here is our review of the Festival –

A busy start to Saturday – Many people arriving for a day at the festival, campers have slept on the site which is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope.

“Bluedot is a wonderful fusion of music, science and space.  It was an honour to be part of it again and brilliant to see the festival continue to grow.  I’m just sorry that I couldn’t stay for very long this year! – Libby Jackson, Human Spaceflight & Microgravity Programme Manager at UK Space Agency

Plenty of entertainment to suit the whole family!

Visitors got to explore the grounds of the Telescope on such a lovely warm day – with a fantastic line-up of talks, workshops and other exciting entertainment options.

 

Mission Control stage was absolutely stunning, amazing set-up with an impressive array of spotlights.

The first talk that we attended was by Professor Jim-Al-Khalili on the Mission Control stage.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a Theoretical physicist, scientist, author and broadcaster.

Jim took to the stage and gave a fascinating talk, which was popular with long queues outside waiting to get a seat (even sitting on the floor to see his talk).

The packed audience were captivated and inspired by Jim-Al-Khalili’s talk.

He is an enthusiastic speaker and has an amusing sense of humour.

The brilliant talk was followed by a signing of his book – Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

 

There are many options for breakfast, lunch, tea or snacks with stalls that cater for all dietary needs – serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food/refreshments.

The Bluedot Festival also banned plastic bottles and have gone plastic free.
They advised visitors to bring their own reusable cups/bottles – offering free water bottle fill-ups with drinking taps and a stall located around the festival.
Helping to protect the environment!

 

Next talk on our agenda was by the fantastic Dr Tamsin Edwards on the Mission Control stage.

Tamsin Edwards is a climate scientist, specialising in testing and assessing uncertainties for climate models, especially for the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet contributions to future sea level rise.

Tamsin gave a very interesting talk – bringing in the crowds and captivating the audience.

Very passionate about her subjects – she gave a talk that was both enjoyable and interesting for the whole audience!

 

Dallas Campbell’s talk commenced shortly after Tamsin Edwards finished on the Mission Control stage.

Dallas Campbell is a presenter/broadcaster who presents many of  the most popular factual television programmes.

Dallas gave an amusing and interesting talk – both entertaining and packed with jokes to bring laughter to the audience!

Dallas Campbell is an enthusiastic speaker/presenter and he definitely pulled in the crowds.

His talk was followed by a signing of his popular book – Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet

 

In the evening the Telescope projections began.

The projections looked spectacular with the moon peeping out behind later in the evening to add to the atmosphere!

 

A display of metal fire lights could be seen on the other side of the site.

 

Also, on the other side of the grounds there were some stunning installations of lights – projecting different colours on trees – adding ambience to the evening.

Overall the Bluedot Festival definitely pulls in the crowds, both campers/day visitors with a fantastic line-up – providing a remarkable and unforgettable experience for the whole family.

 

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On this day………

On this day (5th August) in 1971 – Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden carried out the first deep space EVA (Extravehicular Activity)!

He exited the CM and made three trips to the SIM bay at the rear of the SM to retrieve film cannisters and check the equipment.

His total EVA time was 38 minutes, 12 seconds.

We are extremely proud that Al Worden is the patron of MajorTim.space – https://majortim.space/our-patron/

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout 28th July 2018 – plus upcoming 4th August Sleepout!

MajorTim.space were invited to run drop-in STEM activities at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout – 28th July 2018!


We were running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities!

Visitors took part in two different drop-in activities and some kinetic energy challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Visitors made Hoop Gliders and Thaumatropes, while learning the science behind them – Both of which they could take away with them!

Plus, we had some kinetic energy challenges that got them thinking!

While we were running our activities we met these two STEM explorers (Millie and Rosie) who loved our stand –

We also met Rainer a STEM enthusiast who was celebrating his 5th birthday the day after – here he is telling us about his love for science and adventures in Spain! –

Also, thanks to these two nature explorers for demonstrating our kinetic energy
challenges –

We are looking forward to returning to RSPB Conwy this Saturday for their second Big Wild Sleepout!

We will be running the same activities as shown above and hope to see you there!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Family Fun Day – 1st August 2018!

We will be running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Family Fun Day, in Wrexham this Wednesday (1st August 2018)!

We will be running two different drop-in activities and some friction challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Make a Hoop Glider and a Thaumatrope, while learning the science behind them – Both of which you can take away with you!
Plus, we have some friction challenges that will get you thinking!

The event will be held in the old TJ Hughes building, in Wrexham – 11am – 4.30pm!

Our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops are always extremely popular!

So come and find us to have some STEMtastic fun!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout 28th July 2018!

MajorTim.space has been invited to run drop-in STEM activities at RSPB Conwy’s Big Wild Sleepout 28th July 2018!

We will be running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities!

We will be running two different drop-in activities and some kinetic energy challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Make a Hoop Glider and a Thaumatrope, while learning the science behind them – Both of which you can take away with you!

Plus, we have some kinetic energy challenges that will get you thinking!

Our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops are always extremely popular!

We are really looking forward to running our workshops at the event!

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On this day 49 years ago……..

History was made 49 years ago today, when the first humans set foot on the Moon during Apollo 11.  Watched live on television by a worldwide audience, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went where no one had gone before.

On July 16, 1969, the huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong – commander, Michael Collins – command module pilot and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr (Buzz Aldrin) – lunar module pilot.  Apollo 11 was the United States first lunar landing mission.  While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the Lunar Module “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Collins remained with the Command and Service Modules “Columbia” in lunar orbit.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon’s surface.

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