In the last few weeks Year Six have been learning about space through the Astro Science Challenge. UNSA, the Unlimited Space Agency, asked us to help them by becoming cadets of UNSA, and taking part in 6 missions. Once we complete each mission we are awarded a badge, and if we complete them all we can graduate to become agents of UNSA! Year Six has completed 3 out of 6 missions and are now on their 4th mission.
The reason we’re all getting so excited about Space and the International Space Station, is because the European Space Agency are sending a British astronaut to the ISS for the first time! Tim Peake is our astronaut, and we are doing our missions at the same time that he is preparing to launch, with the last mission finishing as he takes off in a Soyuz rocket on the 15th December, when we will all be watching the lift off in class!
Here is what we have been doing so far in the Astro Science Challenge:
Mission 1: Space Ship Earth. We learnt about our planet Earth, the ISS (the International Space Station) and the rest of the Solar System. Some of the other planets are really huge, and really far away!
Mission 2: Space Weather. The Sun provides heat and light so that we can survive on Earth, but is can also send out huge solar storms which can be very dangerous to astronauts, as they are less protected by the Earth’s magnetic field.
Mission 3: Fit for Space. We discovered what the astronauts need to keep healthy in the ISS: including the space gym, space food, and space toilet! We made a menu for the perfect meal before a spacewalk (EVA).
Mission 4: Astro Coding. We’re learning how important it is to be able to tell the computers on the ISS what to do using code, and are making our own websites about Tim Peake and the Space Station using HTML and CSS code languages.
Missions 5 and 6 are still to come; we’re looking forward to discovering what they will be!