Prince Philip: A Celebration of His Lasting Legacies

Prince Philip:  A Celebration of His Lasting Legacies

On Sunday 18th April 2021 – we celebrated the extraordinary life of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
This was one of the first events in memory of Prince Philip after his funeral.

 

Hosted by Amelia Jane Piper (CEO/founder of MajorTim.space).

MajorTim.space is an award winning non-profit organisation based in the UK.

 

With special guest speakers –

 

Ian Lloyd

Ian has been a professional writer and photographer for nearly two decades, producing
illustrated articles for Britain’s leading newspapers and magazines, as well as syndicating material to over 30 countries.

During this period he has photographed every member of the Royal Family as well as iconic figures from Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor to the Dalai Lama.

 

Stephanie Price

Steph is the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Director for Wales (15 years)

Responsible for the strategic Direction of the DofE in Wales. Has been involved with the DofE for 35 years as a volunteer leader, assessor and now an employee.

 

Chris Aitken

Chris is Secretary and Trustee of The Prince Philip Trust Fund

The Prince Philip Trust Fund was an initiative by the first Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the late Sir Christopher Aston.

The Patron of the fund was Prince Philip and the Chairman is Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

 

This event consisted of our special guest speakers giving short talks.

Plus, the speakers were interviewed by two
of MajorTim.space’s Young Ambassadors –

Tom Jones (age 10) – Honorary Young Ambassador

 

Emily penman (age 14) – 2021- 2022 Young Ambassador

 

The audience were able to put their questions to our panel during the event.

 

Amelia Jane Piper, CEO/founder of MajorTim.space, “With a few technical difficulties in the beginning, the event proceeded and was a huge success.  It highlighted the importance of the Duke of Edinburgh’s involvement with charitable organisations, both large and small.   The duke was a lifelong advocate for young people.  He saw the DoFE Awards as a big step towards adulthood for the younger generations.  He believed in each individual young person’s potential.
Our Young Ambassadors did a superb job interviewing the speakers and with this being their very first live event, they did themselves proud.
The event confirmed that Prince Philip was a man determined to make an impact”.

Click here to watch the event

This year is MajorTim.space’s 5th Anniversary.

MajorTim.space –
Website – http://majortim.space/​
Twitter – @majortimspace
Facebook – MajorTim.space
YouTube – MajorTim.space

 

Prince Philip: A Celebration of His Lasting Legacies

Join us as we celebrate the extraordinary life of Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Sunday 18th April 2021 – 2pm

This will be one of the first events in memory of Prince Philip after his funeral.

 

Hosted by Amelia Jane Piper – CEO/founder of MajorTim.space

Amelia is an Earth Science bsc student – studying a year early.

A public speaker, science communicator, photographer, podcaster, coder,
video editor and graphics designer.

She recently won the title of ‘UKSEDS Outreach Ambassador of the Year 2020’
in recognition of her voluntary non-profit work.

 

With special guest speakers –

Ian Lloyd

Ian has been a professional writer and photographer for nearly two decades, producing illustrated articles for Britain’s leading newspapers and magazines, as well as syndicating material to over 30 countries.

During this period he has photographed every member of the Royal Family as well as iconic figures from Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor to the Dalai Lama.
Ian is a royal commentator for a variety of media outlets including BBC News, Sky News, ITV News, CBS, Fox News, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster.

 

Stephanie Price

Steph is the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Director for Wales (15 years)
Responsible for the strategic Direction of the DofE in Wales. Has been involved with the DofE for 35 years as a volunteer leader, assessor and now an employee.

 

Chris Aitken


Chris is Secretary and Trustee of The Prince Philip Trust Fund
The Prince Philip Trust Fund was an initiative by the first Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, the late Sir Christopher Aston.
The Patron of the fund was Prince Philip and the Chairman is Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

 

 

This event will consist of our special guest speakers giving short talks.

Plus, the speakers will be interviewed by two
of MajorTim.space’s Young Ambassadors –

 

Tom Jones (age 10 ) – Honorary Young Ambassador

 

Emily Penman (age 14 ) – 2021- 2022 Young Ambassador

 

The audience will be able to ask questions to all our speakers during the event.

 

Click here to watch the event

 

This year is MajorTim.space’s 5th Anniversary.

MajorTim.space –
Website – http://majortim.space/​
Twitter – @majortimspace
Facebook – MajorTim.space
YouTube – MajorTim.space

 
 
 

MajorTim.space – Young Ambassador Programme 2021

New for 2021 to Celebrate MajorTim.space’s 5th Anniversary – MajorTim.space – Young Ambassador Programme.

We’re looking for young people who are passionate about STEM to become our Young Ambassadors for 2021 – 2022.

Our Young Ambassadors will take part in very exciting activities, including – conducting interviews with professionals for our YouTube channel, visiting wonderful places to review them (Covid-19 allowing), being guests at some of our events and much more.

It’s an opportunity that will look great on your CV!

You will be the Ambassador for one year after which we will elect a new group.

There will be three age categories and we will be selecting one from each to be honoured with the prestigious ‘MajorTim.space – Young Ambassador’ title –
7-9 years
10-12 years
13-14 years

Plus, because it is our 5th Anniversary we will also be giving one young person an exclusive opportunity.
All entrants will automatically be also judged for our ‘MajorTim.space Honorary Young Ambassador’ Title.
The lucky recipient of this prestigious title will be entitled to hold their position
as ambassador until they turn 14.
This is a one-off opportunity.

Each ambassador (2021-2022 and Honorary) will receive a t.shirt stating their title.

Plus, next year when we welcome our new ambassadors, you will help present and pass on the roles – sharing your tips and advice.

The judges will be –
Herb Baker


Patron of MajorTim.space.
Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years at JSC, KSC & NASA Headquarters having worked in the Space Shuttle, Space Station & Orion program offices and managing the business office supporting Flight Operations.
He is currently on the Board of Directors for the JSC NASA Alumni League and volunteers at Space Center Houston.

 

Dr Jackie Bell

Mathematician & theoretical particle physicist – based at Imperial College London.
A contestant on the BBC’s ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What it Takes?’ programme – She was selected from from over 3,500 applicants to take part and undertake tests similar to those used in the astronaut selection at major space agencies.
Jackie has won multiple awards for her work!
She’s from Liverpool, UK.

 

Amelia Jane Piper


CEO/Founder/manager of MajorTim.space.
Amelia is public speaker, science communicator, photographer, Podcaster, coder,
video editor and graphics designer.
A student at Open University studying Earth Science bsc a year early.
She recently won the title of ‘UKSEDS Outreach Ambassador of the Year 2020’
in recognition of her voluntary non-profit work.

 

ENTRANTS MUST BE UK RESIDENTS ONLY.
You must be at least 7 and no older than 14 on the date entries close – 3rd March 2021

 

Here is the timeline of dates –
17th February – Applications open
 
 
3rd March – Applications close
 
 
5th/6th March – Judging starts
 
 
11th March – Judging ends
 
 
13th March – Virtual Awards Ceremony
Time to be confirmed – we will email all entrants beforehand to confirm details
 
 
 

In the application form you will need to answer all questions and provide a valid phone number along with email address. (this must belong to your parents/guardians).
In the final box please provide links to any videos etc that you feel contribute to
your application – this could be a video where you explain why you’d like to be on of our Ambassadors or showing an experiment you performed recently etc.

It will make your application stronger if you include a short video.

The Application Period has now ended.

 

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility:  Open to UK residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) aged 7 – 14.

Entries: Only one entry per person.  All additional entries will be disqualified.

There is no cash or alternative prizes, in whole or part.
The titles are not transferable and cannot be resold.

Copyright: By entering the competition, each entrant grants the Promoter a world-wide, perpetual, royalty free, sub-licensable right and licence to use reproduce, modify, adapt, publish or display (in whole or in part) any intellectual property contained in the content of their entry, without royalty, payment or other compensation. Each Entrant agrees not to assert any moral rights in relation to such use and warrants that they have full authority to grant such rights.

Judges will not enter any conversation about judging and all decisions are final.

Any personal information that entrants share will be kept secure and only used in line with these terms and conditions.
By entering the promotion, entrants agree that their information may be used to administer the competition and winners consent to give their name for winners promotional material.

By submitting the application you are granting photo/video consent for your child.

PUMP UP THE STEM 2020 – Winners

PUMP UP THE STEM 2020 – Winners

PUMP UP THE STEM is a competition for budding scientists, naturalists, astronauts, engineers and mathematicians etc who want to share their excitement for STEM while gaining valuable presenting experience.
Young people (age 5-18) submit videos that are up to 4 minutes long and show their passion for STEM!

The PUMP UP THE STEM 2020 judges were –

5-8 Category Judge – Herb Baker
Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years at JSC, KSC & NASA Headquarters having worked in the Space Shuttle, Space Station & Orion program offices and managing the business office supporting Flight Operations.
He is currently on the Board of Directors for the JSC NASA Alumni League and volunteers at Space Center Houston,

9-12 Category Judge – Sue Nelson
Sue is an award winning radio producer, science journalist and former BBC TV science/environment correspondent.
She is also the author of – Wally Funk’s Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer.

13-18 Category Judge – Dr Mark Lewney
Guitar Physicist
A Senior Patent Examiner with a PhD in Guitar Acoustics
Also know as the ‘Rock Doctor’, Mark was the first ever winner of the
FameLab Competition.
He is said to be a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix!

Most Enthusiastic Presenter Category Judge – Amelia Jane Piper
CEO/Founder/manager of MajorTim.space.
A public speaker, science communicator, photographer, Podcaster, coder, video editor and graphics designer.
She recently won the title of ‘UKSEDS Outreach Ambassador of the Year 2020’ in recognition of her voluntary non-profit work.

Watch all of the fantastic winning videos from 2020 in the YouTube Playlist playlist – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzUcFnvbfgXSsAZ-CPA9IuU3e2nJPZZxb

MajorTim.space – Space Quest!

Are you fascinated by the awe and wonders of all things space?…
If so – then this event is for you!

Join MajorTim.space for Space Quest
A one night only line-up of fantastic celebrity guests to celebrate World Space Week 2020.

The evening will be hosted by Amelia Jane Piper (CEO/founder of MajorTim.space).

The event will consist of a talk by Vix Southgate – World Space Week National Coordinator for the UK, Author and manager for VIPs

A chat with Sophia Lee- Roberts  – Chair of UKSEDS

Plus, an ‘out of this world’ special guest – Nicole Passonno Stott – An astronaut and artist who creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with artwork.
She’s a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crew member on both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle.

Not forgetting an interview with Herb Baker (NASA) by our PUMP UP THE STEM 2020 competition Champions –
5-8 category winner – Marthy Rose Hill-Davis (age 6)
13-18 category winner – Emilie Heather (age 13)
Most Enthusiastic Presenter category winner – Tom Jones (age 9)
Most Amusing Video category winner – Millie Davies (age 8)

Also, a personal video message from Professor Chris Lintott – best known as co-presenter of BBC’s Sky At Night.

Tim Gagnon – an artist who has worked with NASA Astronauts designing their mission patches, will give an in-depth insight into his work.

Join us on Sunday (11th October 2020) at 6pm(BST) as we launch you into the wonders of space!

The audience can ask our speakers questions in the comments on YouTube – we will try our best to answer all.

Click here to attend the event on YouTube –

 

MajorTim.space ‘Pump up the STEM’ Video Competition

If you are age 5-18 & have a passion for STEM…
Now is your chance to become a STEM communicator.

The MajorTim.space ‘Pump up the STEM’ video competition is for budding scientists, naturalists, astronauts, engineers and mathematicians etc who want to share their excitement for STEM while gaining valuable presenting experience.

All you have to do is record a video which is up to 4 minutes long that shows your passion for STEM!

This could be in the form of your favourite experiment, fact, activity, a talk about your hero, a nature walk – the list is endless – Let your imagination go wild!

There are three age categories all with incredible prizes and special guest judges –

5-8 – Prize:

  • One Year Butterfly Conservation Family Membership (worth £46)
  • Three Field Studies Council Splash-proof fold-out guides – designed for the outdoors (worth approx. £10)

9-12 – Prize:

  • Six Month Subscription to Whizz Pop Bang Magazine (worth £25)
  • Investigation Box by LetterBox Lab (worth £25)
  • Six Brilliant Brainz Magazines (worth approx. £21.99)

13-18 – Prize:

  • Twenty Field Studies Council educational fold-out guides designed for the outdoors. Specifically created for Teenagers! (worth approx. £66).
  • £10 Space Store UK voucher – dedicated to bringing space to everyone, everywhere, every day.

 

There will also be a
Special Prize of a £40 BrightMinds Voucher for the Most Enthusiastic Presenter which will be judged out of all three categories – every entry will be considered for this prize.

 

Meet the Competition Super Guest Judges…

5-8 Category Judge – Herb Baker
Herb recently retired from NASA after 42 years at JSC, KSC & NASA Headquarters having worked in the Space Shuttle, Space Station & Orion program offices and managing the business office supporting Flight Operations.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for the JSC NASA Alumni League and volunteers at Space Center Houston.

 


9-12 Category Judge –
Sue Nelson
Sue is an award winning radio producer, science journalist and former BBC TV science/environment correspondent.
She is also the author of – Wally Funk’s Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer.

 

13-18 Category Judge – Dr Mark Lewney
A Senior Patent Examiner with a PhD in Guitar Acoustics
Also know as the ‘Rock Doctor’, Mark was the first ever winner of the
FameLab Competition.
He is said to be a cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix!

 

Most Enthusiastic Presenter Prize Judge – Amelia Jane Piper
CEO/Founder/manager of MajorTim.space.
A public speaker, science communicator, photographer, Podcaster, coder, video editor and graphics designer.
She recently won the title of ‘UKSEDS Outreach Ambassador of the Year 2020’ in recognition of her voluntary non-profit work.

 

Hear from one of our super guest judges, Herb Baker (who recently retired from NASA after 42 years) – about why YOU should enter if you’re age 5-18!
What are you waiting for?…

 

Only one entry per person and entrants must be residents in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

Videos MUST be 4 minutes or less.

The MajorTim.space ‘Pump up the STEM’ video competition opens for entries on 31st July 2020 and closes midnight 3rd September 2020 (any entries received after this time will not be counted).
The judging will begin on 4th September 2020 and end on 11th September 2020.
The winners will be announced on 13th September 2020 during the ‘Pump up the STEM’ Live Online Awards Ceremony which starts at 4pm (BST) – the celebrity judges will be announcing the winners!
Further details will be emailed to all entrants regarding the awards ceremony closer to the time.

 

The competition has now closed.

 

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility: This competition is open to UK residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) aged 5 – 18.

Entries: Only one entry per person.  All additional entries will be disqualified.

There is no cash or alternative prizes, in whole or part.
The prizes are not transferable and cannot be resold.

Copyright: By entering the competition, each entrant grants the Promoter a world-wide, perpetual, royalty free, sub-licensable right and licence to use reproduce, modify, adapt, publish or display (in whole or in part) any intellectual property contained in the content of their entry, without royalty, payment or other compensation. Each Entrant agrees not to assert any moral rights in relation to such use and warrants that they have full authority to grant such rights.

Judges will not enter any conversation about judging and all decisions are final.

Any personal information that entrants share will be kept secure and only used in line with these terms and conditions.
By entering the promotion, entrants agree that their information may be used to administer the competition and winners consent to give their name for winners promotional material.

MajorTim space – 10 Minute Star Striking Facts Series – The Advert

MajorTim.space – 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 6pm as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!

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Facebook – MajorTim.space
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Historic NASA SpaceX Commercial Crew Launch – Attempt 2

Unfortunately due to weather conditions the historic NASA’s Commercial Crew Program – SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft which was meant to launch last Wednesday (27th May) was postponed until today (30th May).

As always for any manned spaceflight – crew safety is top priority.

 

A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifting off on a Falcon 9 rocket, the first manned space flight to leave US since 2011, is set for blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida – today at 8.22pm UK time (3.22pm Eastern Time)

NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission will return human spaceflight to the International Space Station from U.S. soil on an American rocket and spacecraft as a part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.  Demo-2 will be SpaceX’s final test flight to validate its crew transportation system, including the Crew Dragon, Falcon 9, launch pad and operations capabilities.  During the mission, the crew and SpaceX mission controllers will verify the performance of the spacecraft’s environmental control system, displays and control system, maneuvering thrusters, autonomous docking capability and more.

 

Who are the astronauts on this historic mission?

Robert Behnken


Robert will be the joint operations commander for the mission, responsible for activities such as rendezvous, docking and undocking, as well as Demo-2 activities while the spacecraft is docked to the space station.

He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has completed two space shuttle flights.  Behnken flew STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, and he performed three spacewalks during each mission. Born in St. Anne, Missouri, he has bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University and earned a master’s and doctorate in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Before joining NASA, Robert was a flight test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.

Douglas Hurley
Douglas will be the spacecraft commander for Demo-2, responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery.
 
He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and has completed two spaceflights.  Hurley served as pilot and lead robotics operator for both STS‐127 in July 2009 and STS‐135, the final space shuttle mission, in July 2011.  The New York native was born in Endicott but considers Apalachin his hometown.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University in Louisiana and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Maryland.
 
Before joining NASA, he was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 

 

Astronauts – Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley were strapped in the cabin of Crew Dragon Capsule ready for blast off when the launch from Florida was cancelled on Wednesday because of bad weather.

Lets explore the sleek SpaceX launch and entry suits –

The spacesuits that Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley in  the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to launch to the International Space Station on the Demo-2 mission, look different than the ones you are used to seeing.
They appear sleeker than the Sokol launch and entry suits that astronauts wear for launch onboard the Soyuz capsule that has been carrying crews to the ISS for the last nine years.  They bear even less resemblance to the orange “pumpkin suits,” also known as Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) suits, that Space Shuttle crews wore when riding the shuttle to orbit or the space station.

It should not be surprising that the suits, like many things related to Elon Musk’s SpaceX operation, intentionally look unlike anything that has gone before them.

Their helmets are 3D-printed & the gloves are touchscreen-sensitive.
The Starman suits are all in one piece & customised for the individual astronaut.
But they are just designed for use inside the SpaceX capsule Crew Dragon – they’re not suitable for use on spacewalks.

Launch and entry suits that astronauts wear at the start and finish of their missions provide added safety to the astronauts during the most dangerous phases of the flight, like when they travel through the Earth’s atmosphere, but they are not autonomous.
The suits rely on the life support and communications systems of the spacecraft to protect life in the event of a failure of the capsule’s primary life support systems. Traditionally these suits have been adaptations of pilots’ high-altitude suits that mostly serve the same purpose.

Robert and Douglas will join the Expedition 63 crew on the station to conduct important research, as well as support station operations and maintenance.
While docked to the station, the crew will run tests to ensure the Crew Dragon spacecraft is capable on future missions of remaining connected to the station for up to 210 days as a NASA requirement.
The specific duration for this mission will be determined after arrival based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch.

Finally, the mission will conclude with the Crew Dragon undocking from the station, deorbiting and returning Behnken and Hurley to Earth with a safe splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

Upon conclusion of the mission, Crew Dragon will autonomously undock with the two astronauts on board, depart the space station and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere.  Upon splashdown just off Florida’s Atlantic Coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by SpaceX’s Go Navigator recovery vessel and return to Cape Canaveral.

The Demo-2 mission will be the final major step before NASA’s Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station.  This certification and regular operation of Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue the important research and technology investigations taking place onboard the station, which benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future exploration of the Moon and Mars starting with the agency’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface in 2024.

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts – Week 7

MajorTim.space’s 10 Minute Star Striking Facts
Week 7
Speaker – Nick Howes (Lead Research and Development Specialist & Test Analyst – Space SI division – BMT Defence and Security.
Head of Aerolite Meteorites in UK/Europe).

The 10 Minute Star Striking Facts series is an engaging online outreach project to inspire all during the Covid-19 outbreak.
On Monday each week, we will feature a different speaker with a fact of their choice.

Join us every Monday at 1pm during this period as we spike your interest and curiosity in new areas of STEM/Space knowledge in a personal and relaxed setting – perfect for people of all ages!