We had a fantastic time on the 18.01.18 with 1st Abergele Cubs, running our Mars Mission egg drop!
We held a competition to test which teams expensive technical equipment (an egg)would survive the long drop from the probe to the surface of Mars!
Everyone enjoyed the session and came up with amazing innovative ideas!
We challenged the Cubs to design and make a protective lander for the equipment so that it lands safely on Mars.
They worked in teams to design and build a Mars lander from a range of materials.
The landers were then put to the test to see which 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 winning team was………..
Team Minions – Zac, Osian & Seren!
The winners were absolutely thrilled with their prizes!
On this day 2 years ago (15th January 2016) – Tim Peake became the first British ESA astronaut to perform a spacewalk!
Major Peake stepped outside the International Space Station’s Quest airlock, along with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra.
They scheduled to spend six-and-a-half hours on the exterior of the outpost.
The astronauts completed the primary goal of the spacewalk: replacing a faulty component on the station’s exterior.
Tim Kopra exited the Quest airlock first, followed by his British colleague a few minutes later. Kopra then proceeded to the worksite with a toolbox, where he anchored a foot restraint as an additional safety measure. The US astronaut then gave a “Go” signal for Major Peake to follow the Nasa astronaut, carrying the replacement electrical box.
They were told by Mission Control to ‘hang out’ for 10 mins until the Sun went down. The only way to protect them from the high voltage from the solar panels was to wait until it was dark – Tim Peake quoted “Most memorable 10 minutes of my life”.
NASA ended the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) after Tim Kopra reported a “small amount” of water in his helmet, but the flight director took the precaution of ending the event early.
The astronauts were outside the space station for four hours 43 minutes.
It’s our first anniversary, and we will be celebrating by running drop-in ‘build your own balloon car’ workshops, friction activities and a quiz where there is a chance to win a prize – including MajorTim.space anniversary badges!
take pART is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Llandudno Town Council.
The event is being held at Venue Cymru on the 13th & 14th January 2018.
The fastest car recorded over the weekend will win a surprise prize!
So come and find us in the Marquee, to have some fun and learn about astronomy, Newton’s Third Law of Motion and friction in the process!
Britain’s first astronaut and Professor of Space Physics Helen Sharman is recognised in New Year’s honours 2018!
The New Year’s Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the country.
Helen Sharman is appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to science and technology educational outreach
On 18th May 1991, Helen Sharman became Britain’s first astronaut in space and the first woman to visit the Mir Space Station.
After responding to a radio advertisement asking for applicants to be the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman was selected for the mission live on ITV, on 25th of November 1989, ahead of nearly 13,000 other applicants.
Before launch, Sharman spent 18 months in intensive flight training in Star City.
Helen gained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sheffield and her PhD from Birkbeck University of London.
Sharman was appointed an OBE in 1993, and in the same year became an honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
She has also received several honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK, and in 2015 was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the British Science Association.
Congratulations Helen – you are an inspiration to all!
Today (15.12.2017) is two years since Tim Peake launched to the International Space Station (ISS)!
He described the journey back as “the best ride I’ve been on ever”, adding: “The smells of Earth are just so strong”.
On the 15th December 2015, Tim took the most exhilarating ride of his life, lifting off, on a Russian Soyuz rocket with Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra!
Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain presented live coverage of British astronaut Tim Peake’s arrival at the International Space Station, at the Science Museum in London. They were joined by astronauts including former ISS commander Chris Hadfield and Helen Sharman, and Dallas Campbell reported live from the launch in Kazakhstan!
Since his Principia Mission Tim has done many tours/talks, attended events, becoming a Scout ambassador, writing books and much more!
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!
Thank you to Tim for being such an inspiration to all!
Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly gave an inspirational talk in Oxford, where he was joined by presenter Dallas Campbell!
The fascinating evening took place on the 24th November 2017!
Scott talked about his new book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery – a personal account of the wonders and trials of space travel, the challenges of long-term space flight and the potential for mankind to set foot on Mars!
Scott left the audience spellbound, with his candid account of his life leading up to becoming an astronaut!
Thank you to Scott Kelly and Dallas Campbell for a captivating evening!