European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut of British nationality Tim Peake is encouraging school children to get fit and stay active at the Farnborough International Airshow this week. Budding young astronauts aged 8 to 13 from across the UK are invited to take part in the international challenge Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut – a programme to encourage school students to focus more on fitness and nutrition.
The programme developed by the partners of the International Space Station (ISS) uses astronaut training to teach how good diet and exercise play an important role in human performance in space and on the Earth. The programme is free and the activities can be used by individuals, schools or community groups. The international challenge will start in January 2013.
Tim Peake is taking a short break from his own astronaut training to attend the Airshow and invite schools to participate in the Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut 2013 challenge. At Farnborough Airshow Tim spoke to teachers, students and families about his own astronaut training and challenged them to take part in the astronaut fitness programmes available as part of Mission X.
Tim as well as being a test pilot and ESA astronaut is also a keen runner, skier and scuba diver.
4000 UK students from over 44 British schools have already taken part in the Mission X challenges in 2011 and 2012. Students had the opportunity to take part in live link-ups with the International Space Station and find out about life in space. As well as Tim Peake, Mission X UK has been supported by ESA astronauts Andr Kuipers and Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Piers Sellers and private astronaut Richard Garriott.
Jeremy Curtis, Head of Education at the UK Space Agency noted:
The UK Space Agency is enabling children to access astronaut training and nutrition regimes and learn about the science behind them
“This is a unique opportunity to find out first hand about astronaut training and to find out how you can get involved in Mission X – Train Like An Astronaut. The UK Space Agency is enabling children to access astronaut training and nutrition regimes and learn about the science behind them. The children taking part will also learn about space and could be the space explorers of the future.”
Tim Peake commented:
Spaceflight can be physically demanding and part of my job is to train hard so that I‘m always ready to go into space
“Being fit and healthy is a key requirement for future astronauts. Spaceflight can be physically demanding and part of my job is to train hard so that I‘m always ready to go into space. It’s much easier to exercise on earth than in microgravity! The real mission is to encourage kids today to exercise and eat a healthy diet, and astronaut training exercises are an exciting, fun way to do it.”
People have been flocking from around the world to visit the UK Space Agency in the Space Zone at Farnborough. The latest industry developments and cutting edge technology are on display to demonstrate the work being done to layout the future direction for space. Space is a growing industry with a bright future. One of the ways the Agency nourishes and supports it is by inspiring the next generation of space scientists, engineers and enthusiasts.
The next Mission X challenge will be launching in January 2013 – with the expectation of doubling the intake from 4000 to 8000 students across the UK. To find out more about how your children or school can be involved, register your interest.
International Space Station Flight Engineer Joe Acaba KE5DAR used amateur radio to speak with high school students participating in a summer program called Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, or WISH.
The students, selected from across the country, were attending briefings and engaging in competitive hands-on engineering activities related to space exploration and research.
Watch Joe Acaba Speaks with WISH Students
WISH – Encouraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics http://www.uk.amsat.org/8495
ARISS contact with STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, Houston, TX
NASA WISH Press release http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jun/HQ_12-209_WISH.html
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) http://ariss.rac.ca/
It was 13 months of preparation for 10 minutes of conversation – but what a conversation!
On Thursday morning, a select group of students from the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy spent about 10 minutes on an amateur radio teleconference call with the International Space Station, asking astronaut Donald Pettit KD5MDT a variety of questions about his duties and the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body.
“My heart was just pounding,” said Brittany Cain, a 17-year-old junior at the school. “It was just amazing to be able to ask the question. But I was so nervous, I can’t remember his answer.”
The contact was made possible by Clint Bradford K6LCS an amateur radio operator and the liaison between NASA, the school and amateur radio. Bradford worked with NASA to get Thursday’s call approved.
“Our hope is that through this experience the students will keep questioning and keep looking skyward,” Bradford said. “They should never stop asking questions about space.”
Bradford also made the connection to amateur radio operator Claudio Ariotti IK1SLD who connected to the space station as it passed over Italy. The radio feed was sent to Flabob by telephone.
Read the full Press-Enterprise story at
Watch Flabob-ARISS – BEFORE the Contact
Watch the Press-Enterprise video of the contact
NASA sets date for Flabob Airport ARISS contact
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) http://ariss.rac.ca/
03 April at 08:15 UTC
Telebridge station VK5ZAI in Australia will call NA1SS at approximately 08:15 UTC.
St Anthony’s School is located in the suburb of Wanniassa, which is part of the central region of the Tuggeranong Valley in the Australian Capital Territory. Currently the school has an enrolment of 528 students with generally three classes in each of 7 Year levels from Kindergarten (the first year of primary school in the ACT) to Year 6. Our average class size is 1 teacher to 26 students. We have a strong Integrated Unit of Inquiry programs that primarily focus on authentic experiences that the ARISS program would facilitate.
Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What is the most interesting thing you have ever seen out of the Space Station window?
2. What do you love most about outer space and miss about home?
3. What are the challenges you face in zero gravity?
4. If someone is injured, what do you do?
5. What is your job in outer space?
6. Is there enough light in space or do you need to use special glasses?
7. I live really close to Tidbinbilla Space Tracking Station. Is Tidbinbilla involved with this mission?
8. How long can you stay in space before it effects your health?
9. I know you can see the Great Wall of China, but can you see any other interesting landmarks on Earth?
10. What do you do in space to entertain yourself?
As always, the ISS will be audible to anyone listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
*Note* – for telebridge contacts, the ground station will NOT be near the school that is contacting the ISS.
Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be turned off prior to the beginning of the contact. It will be returned to service as quickly as possible.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters’ interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS programme is available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada). Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012