Derbyshire teachers are set to get involved in Mission X as part of a county wide space programme led by Yvonne Wright. 25 teachers found out about how they can boldly go forward to take Mission X into the classroom. Lucky students and teachers will also be taking their space passports to Star City this coming year. Check out the Mission X Flags, Astro Charlie and is that Darth Vader joining our group of astronaut trainers.
Team UK is delighted that schools in Wales will be taking part in Mission X 2014. We had a great turnout of teachers at our Mission X briefing at Techniquest Cardiff thanks to Paul Roche and his team! And the Mission X materials will soon be available in Welsh! Astro Charlie has been busy today as he met the Welsh dragon!
Students from across the North West of England are training for space rugby union style with Sale Sharks at the Salford City Stadium on October 3 2013. Over 180 children from 7 schools will find out about Missionx Xtremes and have a chance to meet leading scientist Dr. Helen Mason from the University of Cambridge, Mike Brown from Siemens and take part in some fun fitness activities with the Salford City Reds Foundation. The day is led by the Royal Aeronautical Society and has been supported by a galaxy of partners including Salford City Council. The day is timed to coincide with the World Space Week celebrations. Look out for more pictures and posts about the day.
On 12 June, Mission X students got the chance to spin their teacher!
Students from 3 Mission X schools, Kingswinford in Dudley, Northbury in Barking and Dagenham and Mountfitchet Mathematics and Computing College in Essex, completed their Mission X programme at QinetiQ's long-arm human centrifuge facility.
Mission X students found out how astronauts train for launch and landing in the centrifuge, made famous in the James Bond Moonraker film. Students also had the opportunity to meet space tourist, Per Wimmer, to discuss his astronaut training and to take part in some Mission X exercises. Finally the Royal Aeronautical Society Library gave a presentation on spaceflight over the years.
Several brave teachers then participated in the centrifuge experience, with their health and performance monitored by their students.
Tim Peake has sent congratulations to all the schools who have completed Mission X. Certificates, flags and mission patches are on their way to schools who have completed their mission debrief. Check out Tim Peake with Mission X Mascot Astro Charlie. From the evaluations so far meeting Tim has clearly been one of the highlights of MX2013.