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Touchdown for NASA’s InSight Mission!

26th November 2018 – Mars received its newest robotic resident.  NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (485-million-kilometre) journey from Earth.

The NASA InSight spacecraft launched on-board a United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California – Saturday, 5th May 2018.

InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed.

The landing signal was relayed to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, via NASA’s two small experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, which launched on the same rocket as InSight and followed the lander to Mars.  They are the first CubeSats sent into deep space.  After successfully carrying out a number of communications and in-flight navigation experiments, the twin MarCOs were set in position to receive transmissions during InSight’s entry, descent and landing.

Photo source – NASA

With InSight safely on the surface of Mars, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is busy learning more about the spacecraft’s landing site.  They knew when InSight landed that the spacecraft had touched down on target, a lava plain named Elysium Planitia.  Now they have determined that the vehicle sits slightly tilted (about 4 degrees) in a shallow dust and sand-filled impact crater known as a “hollow”.  InSight has been engineered to operate on a surface with an inclination up to 15 degrees.

 

NASA Insight’s First Photo on Mars –

We look forward to NASA Insight’s future discoveries!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at the Launch event for the Snowdonia Solar System Trail – 29th November 2018!

We had a great time running our Mars Mission egg drop workshop at Snowdonia Solar System Trail for adults and children – 29th November 2018!

We held a competition to test which participants expensive technical equipment (an egg) would survive the long drop from the probe to the surface of Mars.

We challenged the participants to design and make a protective lander for the equipment so that it landed safely on Mars.

They designed and built Mars landers from a range of materials.
The landers were then be put to the test to see which would survive the impact.

They had to minimize the force of the impact in order to give their eggs the best chance of survival!

They learnt about acceleration, velocity,  gravity and much more!

 

The participants were split in two groups – so we held two sessions with competitions.

The two winning landers in group 1 were built by…….

Jacek with his fantastic lander and Team ‘Jo Mission Mars’ – Olimpia and Jan!

From left to right: Olimpia, Jan and Jacek receiving their prizes.

 

The two winning landers in group 2 were built by…….

Carys and Eleth!

Carys and Eleth receiving their prizes.

 

Congratulations to Jan, who was the lucky winner of our raffle – the prize was a signed photo of Helen Sharman (below).

Jan was thrilled with his prize!

All of the event participants had a
STEMtastic time!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Christmas Market – 1st December 2018!

We will be running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Christmas Market – 1st December 2018.

We will be running two different drop-in activities, a raffle with a unique prize and some friction challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Make a Hoop Glider with a shooting star twist and a Thaumatrope – while learning the science behind them – both of which you can take away with you!

Plus, we will be bringing our new MajorTim.space Galactic Photo Prop.

We will also be providing our new photo editing experience – space selfies!

So come and find us to have some STEM fun!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at the Launch event for the Snowdonia Solar System Trail!

We will be running our Mars Mission egg drop workshop at Snowdonia Solar System Trail – 29th November 2018!

We will be holding a competition to test which participants expensive technical equipment (an egg) will survive the long drop from the probe to the surface of Mars.

We will challenge the participants to design and make a protective lander for the equipment so that it lands safely on Mars.

They will design and build a Mars lander from a range of materials.
The landers will then be put to the test to see which survive the impact.

We will also be holding a raffle with a very unique prize.

The event will be held at Oakeley Arms Hotel, Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Book your tickets and find out more here –
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lansiad-llwybr-cysawd-eryri-a-seryddiaeth-snowdonia-solar-system-trail-launch-and-stargazing-tickets-52659964371

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at World Museum Liverpool’s Stargazing Night – 9th November 2018!

In a unique collaboration with the World Museum Liverpool we were running our drop-in hoop glider workshop with a shooting star twist and a Galactic Quiz with prizes at their spectacular stargazing event – 9th November 2018.

Visitors to our stand made Hoop Gliders – while learning the science behind them – which they could take away with them!
Plus, we had our Galactic Quiz and some friction challenges that got visitors thinking!

We took our new MajorTim.space Galactic Photo Prop which was very popular with the visitors!
More photos of visitors with the photo accessory at the end of the article.

Also, for the first time we provided a new photo editing experience – space selfies!

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All of the visitors to our stand had a STEMtastic time!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at World Museum Liverpool’s Stargazing Night – 9th November 2018!

In a unique collaboration with the World Museum Liverpool we are proud to be running our drop-in hoop glider workshop with a shooting star twist and a Galactic Quiz with prizes at this spectacular stargazing event.

Make a Hoop Glider – while learning the science behind it – which you can take away with you!

The event will run – 5.30pm to 9.00pm.

Find out more here – http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=38165

 

So come and find us to have some STEM fun!

 

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Llandudno Celebrates World Space Week with MajorTim.space!

28th October 2018 – MajorTim.space held their sold out all day ‘Space is the Place’! – Celebrate World Space Week!’ workshop in Llandudno, North Wales for young people.

The day consisted of inspiring STEM/space experiments/activities.

The children had the opportunity to see and examine meteorites including a piece of Mars!

In the afternoon the children had the chance to speak to Dr Jackie Bell (a contestant on the BBC’s ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ programme) during a live link up.

Jackie gave a fascinating talk with time for q&a, where the participants got to ask their burning space questions.

It was a fun-filled educational day that launched the children into the wonders of our universe.

 

Catrin Moore (age 8) said “I have really enjoyed the day and I want to come again!”

 

Amelia Stars (Founder, CEO and manager of MajorTim.space) said “All 12 participants had a fantastic time and the feedback has been tremendous, they had such great questions for Dr Jackie Bell and it was great to see them making new friends. A highlight for me was that most of the children who attended now want to be scientists, engineers and astronauts. It is extremely important that we help young people to discover the wide range of careers available in the STEM fields – help them to open the doors to their futures!”

Here is our official event video –

 

During the event we held two competitions –

1.  Mars Mission Egg Drop – we tested which participants expensive technical equipment (an egg) would survive the long drop from the probe to the surface of Mars – the winner was………..  Luke!

Luke’s winning lander

2.  Balloon Cars – we timed every balloon car on our ramp to the finish line and recorded all the times – the fastest balloon car with a time of 1.72 seconds was built by………..  Osian!
The two runner-ups were – Alfie (time – 1.94 seconds) and Luke (time – 2.42 seconds).

Osian with his winning car

 

World Space Week is an annual international celebration of all things SPACE, which focuses on science and technology and its role in the past, present and the future of mankind.

 

The event was a great success and all the children left the workshop inspired!

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Thanks to Dr Jackie Bell for the fantastic live link up.
Also, to the Llandudno Lions Club for supporting the event and Dallas Campbell for one of the videos that the children viewed.

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ with 1st Abergele Cubs – Balloon Cars!

We had a great time with 1st Abergele Cubs – 18.10.2018 – running our Balloon cars workshop!

The Cubs were challenged to design and build their own balloon cars!

During the session we ran the fastest balloon car competition!
We timed every balloon car on our ramp to the finish line and recorded all the times!

It was wonderful to see the Scouts being competitive – but helping each other at the same time!

Even though it was a competition, all the Scouts helped each other while building their cars!

The winner was……..

Daniel (below)

Presenting Daniel with his prize

Daniel’s car (The Danmobile) had a fantastic time of 2.28 seconds!

Here is Daniel racing his winning car –

 

The runner-ups of the competition were…   William – with his car ‘Geoff’ (time – 2.35 seconds) and Noah – with his car ‘The Noahmobile’ (time – 2.38 seconds) (below).

Presenting William and Noah with their prizes

Well done to all of the Cubs – you all built amazing cars!

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Space is the Place! – Celebrate World Space Week!

Come and celebrate World Space Week with MajorTim.space – 28th October –
10am – 3pm – Llandudno.

‘Space is the Place’ is an all day workshop for children aged 7+.

MajorTim.space has created a fun-filled educational day to launch you into the wonders of our universe.

The day will consist of inspiring STEM/space experiments/activities.

PRIZES to be won on the day!

 

 

Includes Live Link up with Dr Jackie Bell –
a contestant on the BBC’s ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ programme!
Jackie will give a fascinating talk with time for q&a.

Drop off at 10am and pick up at 3pm.

Please bring a packed lunch/drink with you – snacks will be provided.

 

MajorTim.space, an award winning Astronomy/STEM website – Founded in October 2016.

Dedicated to the education about space exploration, knowledge of space/STEM and the wonders of the universe!

MajorTim.space’s patron – Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden.

 

World Space Week is an annual international celebration of all things SPACE, which focuses on science and technology and its role in the past, present and the future of mankind.

 

Come and blast off into the wonders of space/STEM with MajorTim.space!

Book your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/space-is-the-place-celebrate-world-space-week-tickets-50788289140?aff=ebdssbdestsearch#tickets

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Live Recording of the Book Shambles Podcast in Manchester at QED Convention – 13th October 2018

We were invited to attend a Live Recording of the Book Shambles Podcast in Manchester at QED Convention – 13th October 2018.

An interesting discussion about Sue Nelson’s book ‘Wally Funk’s Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer’ between Sue Nelson, Robin Ince and Dallas Campbell.
The conversation led to other topics including women in space, rockets, spacesuits and much more.

It was great to meet Sue Nelson – an inspirational role model for people of all ages!

Sue Nelson’s passion for space and women in STEM captivated all, giving everyone a real insight in to the life of an astronaut.

While Robin Ince’s witty sense of humour combined with Dallas Campbell’s enthusiasm for STEM, captured and entertained the audience.

A fantastic, entertaining and inspirational panel discussion.

 

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