MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day – June 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 Fun Day, in Wrexham yesterday (30th June 2018)!

We were celebrating Asteroid Day with 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!

The event coincides with each of the monthly Wrexham Street Festivals that now take place on the last Saturday of the month in the town centre.

We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting again at the Fun Day!

MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day – June 2018!

We will be running our drop-in ‘Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!’ workshops and some friction activities at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day, in Wrexham this Saturday (30th June 2018)!

This month at the Techniquest Fun event we are celebrating Asteroid Day!

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!

From 11am until 5pm Techniquest Glyndwr will be opening the doors again to the public to this major building in the town centre situated between Chester Street and Henblas Square.

The event coincides with each of the monthly Wrexham Street Festivals that now take place on the last Saturday of the month in the town centre.

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

So come and find us to have some STEM fun!

 

MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Cheltenham Science Festival 2018!

We had a great time running our drop-in workshops in the Discovery Zone (Town Hall) at Cheltenham Science Festival on the 9th and 10th June 2018 (Family Fun Days)!

We were running 3 different drop-in activities and some friction challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

Visitors to our stand built their own mini Hovercraft, made Hoop Gliders and Thaumatropes, while learning the science behind them!
Plus, we had some friction challenges that got them thinking!

Special guest speakers at the event included – Dallas Campbell, Roma Agrawal, Greg Foot, Jim-Al-Khalili, Tamsin Edwards, Maddie Moate, Alice Roberts, Hannah Fry, Adam Rutherford, Robin Ince, Stefan Gates and Quentin Cooper – plus many more!

A fantastic time had by all!

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On this day in 2016…….

On this day (18 June 2018) 2 years ago in 2016 – Tim Peake returned to Earth with cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko & NASA astronaut Tim Kopra after his 6 month Principia mission!

He described the journey back as “the best ride I’ve been on ever”, adding: “The smells of Earth are just so strong”.

Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (left), Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos (centre) and Tim Kopra of NASA sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Saturday 18th June 2016.
Photo Source – (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Children have been inspired by his Principia Mission – in a way that they may not have been interested in space especially from a scientific or mathematical point of view, but have been drawn in through a number of different ways, such as competitions, challenges and experiments!

Principia was the eighth long duration mission for an ESA astronaut and was named after Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking text on physics, Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity physics.

Education and inspiring youngsters was a core element of the Principia mission.  Tim was determined to make Principia an exciting adventure for the younger generation.  As an ambassador for science  and space based careers, he had an intensive programme to inspire children during his stay in space.

On this day in 1963……..

On this day (16th June 2018) 55 years ago in 1963 – Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space.

Valentina Tereshkova remains the only woman ever to have flown a solo space mission!

Valentina Tereshkova before her mission!
Source – Roscosmos

 

Interested in parachuting from a young age, Tereshkova began skydiving at a local flying club, making her first jump at the age of 22 in May 1959.  At the time of her selection as a cosmonaut, she was working as a textile worker in a local factory.

After the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin, the selection of female cosmonaut trainees was authorised by the Soviet government, with the aim of ensuring the first woman in space was a Soviet citizen.

On 16 February 1962, out of more than 400 applicants, five women were selected to join the cosmonaut corps: Tatyana Kuznetsova, Irina Solovyova, Zhanna Yorkina, Valentina Ponomaryova and Valentina Tereshkova. The group spent several months in training, which included weightless flights, isolation tests, centrifuge tests, 120 parachute jumps and pilot training in jet aircraft.

Four candidates passed the final examinations in November 1962, after which they were commissioned as lieutenants in the Soviet air force (meaning Tereshkova also became the first civilian to fly in space, since technically these were only honorary ranks).

Originally a joint mission was planned that would see two women launched on solo Vostok flights on consecutive days in March or April 1963.  Tereshkova, Solovyova and Ponomaryova were the leading candidates.  It was intended that Tereshkova would be launched first in Vostok 5, with Ponomaryova following her in Vostok 6.

However, this plan was changed in March 1963: Vostok 5 would carry a male cosmonaut, Valeri Bykovsky, flying the mission with a woman in Vostok 6 in June. The Russian space authorities nominated Tereshkova to make the joint flight.

Her daughter Elena, was the first child born to parents who had both been in space.

First Man – Official Trailer Released!

First Man – the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.  A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost – on Armstrong and on the nation – of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

The official trailer has been released, watch it below –

MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day!

We had a great time running our drop-in ‘build your own balloon car’ workshops and a quiz with prizes (including MajorTim.space Anniversary badges) at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day, in Wrexham on the 26th May 2018!

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

We had many visitors to our stand who had fun learning about astronomy, Newton’s Third Law of Motion and friction!

The event coincides with each of the monthly Wrexham Street Festivals that now take place on the last Saturday of the month in the town centre.

Source – Techniquest Glyndwr

We thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting at the Fun Day!

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MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Cheltenham Science Festival!

MajorTim.space have been invited to exhibit in the Discovery Zone (Cheltenham Town Hall) on the 9th and 10th June 2018, at Cheltenham Science Festival!

We will be running 3 different drop-in activities and some friction challenges:

Be Mystified – The Forces of Science!

MajorTim.space have some amazing drop-in STEM activities lined up for Cheltenham Science Festival

Build your own mini Hovercraft, make a Hoop Glider and a Thaumatrope, while learning the science behind them – All of which you can take away with you!
Plus, we have some friction challenges that will get you thinking!

So come and find us in the Town Hall to have some STEM fun!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean has died aged 86

Apollo 15 Astronaut, Alan Bean died on the 26th May 2018, aged 86.

He logged 1,672 hours in space, including more than 10 hours of spacewalks on the Moon and in Earth’s orbit.

Source – NASA

Alan Bean walked on the Moon while he was on Apollo 12, commanded the second Skylab crew and then resigned after 18 year as an astronaut to paint remarkable worlds and sights he had seen.

He was a lunar module pilot on the November  1969 Apollo 12 mission, the second moon landing.  He and mission commander Pete Conrad explored on the Lunar Ocean of Storms and set up several experiments powered by a small nuclear generator.

During his career Alan Bean established 11 records in space and aeronautics and received many awards.

Lightning struck the Saturn V rocket about 36 seconds after launch, taking the fuel cells, thus most of the electrical power to the Command Module, offline.  Quick coordination with Mission Control allowed the Apollo 12 crew to solve the problem, restore power and continue on into Earth’s orbit.

Throughout the 31-hour lunar surface stay by Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, Dick Gordon remained in orbit around the moon on the command module, “Yankee Clipper”.

Astronaut Alan Bean holds a sample container during the Apollo 12 mission!
Source – BBC

His decision to retire from NASA to devote his full time to painting  was, he said based on his 18 years as an astronaut , during which he visited places and saw things no artist’s eye had ever seen first hand.
He said he hoped to capture those experiences through his art.

Alan Bean surrounded by his paintings!
Source – alanbean.com

Some of the tools he used on the moon were the same tools he use to create his uniquely textured surface.  With careful observation you can see the imprints of Moon boots (not his actual boots, as they were left on the Moon to save weight) walking across the painting.  These Moon prints are just like the ones the Apollo astronauts made as they went about their explorations.  When you take a closer look you will see marks from the same hammer Alan Bean used to chip off rock fragments for return to Earth.  There are also circular marks made by a sharpened core tube bit that he drove two meters into the lunar surface to collect several layers of soil.

With an even more careful inspection you can find small pieces of foil that provided insulation on the hatch between their Command Module Yankee Clipper and the Lunar Module Intrepid. You can also find pieces of the American flag, name tag, and NASA and Apollo 12 mission emblems that Alan Bean wore on his space suit. These became covered with dust as he walked and worked on the lunar surface so within each painting are minute amounts of Moon dust from the Ocean of Storms.

It is with these techniques and artifacts that Alan Bean created paintings with truly out of this world texture, unique in all of art history.  Texture with impressions of moon boots and hammer and core tube bit marks, to further amplify the feeling of actually being there.

NASA said ” We remember Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the Moon in 1969, commanded the second Skylab crew in 1973 and went on in retirement to paint the remarkable worlds and sights he had seen like no other artist”.

Alan Bean will be sadly missed by all.

MajorTim.space’s ‘Galactic Outreach Workshops’ at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day!

We will be running our drop-in ‘build your own balloon car’ workshops and a quiz with prizes (including MajorTim.space Anniversary badges) at Techniquest Glyndwr’s Fun Day, in Wrexham this Saturday (26th May 2018)!

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

From 11am until 4pm Techniquest Glyndwr will be opening the doors again to the public to this major building in the town centre situated between Chester Street and Henblas Square.

The event coincides with each of the monthly Wrexham Street Festivals that now take place on the last Saturday of the month in the town centre.

Our drop-in ‘build your own balloon car’ workshop is always extremely popular!

So come and find us, to have some fun and learn about astronomy, Newton’s Third Law of Motion and friction in the process!