Lessons from space

12 01 2012

Expedition 30 crew launched on 22 December from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew is composed by ESA astronaut André Kuipers, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Don Pettit. They will remain in space for nearly five months as part of the resident, international six-astronaut crew.

During PromISSe long duration mission, André Kuipers will have his eyes on our planet. He will share some of the unique views of Earth from the Station’s Cupola and invite children to become involved in a wide range of educational activities. His observations will support the ESA online lessons designed to help European children strengthen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These will be part of three themes covering topics such as Life in Space, Biodiversity on Earth and planet Earth’s climate. André will perform experiments on board which can also be carried out by schools. You can follow Andre’s mission here.

Spaceship Earth Theme 1: Life


The first lesson of the Life Theme is about radiation. It gives an overview of different types of radiations and how some forms of radiation pose a threat to astronauts. And talking about cosmic ray effects on astronauts a special mention is dedicated to ALTEA. What is ALTEA? What does it do? and What does ALTEA mean for us? are the questions that this lessons does answer.


You can download this first lesson about radiation here. And of course read all the other lessons. And if you are a student, ask your teachers to download ESA Education kit.

Kit contents:

ISS DVD Lesson 2: Body space
ISS DVD Lesson 3: Space matters
ISS DVD Lessons4: Space robotics
Exploration DVD: The ingredients for Life – on Earth and in Space
Exploration DVD: Feeding our Future – Nutrition on Earth and in Space

Take Your Classroom into Space:
Mass measurement and capillarity
FOAM Stability and Convection
International Space Station Education Kit




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