Space Store at the Royal International Air Tattoo!
Space Store will be at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford from Fri 19 Jul to Sun 21 Jul. Come along to the Techno Zone and visit our stand for virtual reality experiences, trying on a replica Sokol space suit plus a chance to win an awesome ‘Our Next Step’ t-shirt. Hope to see you there!
Space Exploration Day is observed on the day the first man walked on the Moon. However it is about more than just the Moon landings though and is intended to pay tribute to the incredible achievements in the space industry and spark the space exploration efforts of the future.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the Moon while Command Module Pilot Mike Collins orbited overhead. “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launch to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the Intelsat 39 communications satellite for SSL and the EDRS-C communications satellite for OHB System AG. It will launch from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 19:30 GMT.
The Delta Aquarids is a meteor shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. Around the 28 July will be the peak of the shower as the Moon will be a waning to a New Moon. however it will be officially active from July 12 to August 23. The best time to view this shower is after midnight and before dawn, at roughly 3am BST. This shower will overlap in early august with the Perseid meteor shower as well.
Russia will launch a Progress cargo spacecraft on a mission to deliver cargo to the International Space Station. It will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz rocket at 12:13 GMT.
Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket will launch 14 cubesats for NASA and other educational institutions for the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission. A Boeing 747 named “Cosmic Girl” will air-launch the rocket over the Pacific Ocean after taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.
Spaceships in Oxfordshire, talk from Steve Ringler
Want to learn about the exciting space innovations taking place here is Oxfordshire? From rocket engines to satellites to applications…come explore with Satellite Applications Catapult what is going on in the UK Space Sector in 2019 and how it may be affecting your everyday life.
Space Debris: The Threat Hanging Over our Heads, talk from Harriet Brettle
We’re open late on Thursday 8 August and welcome you to join us for this eye opening talk about Astroscale’s plan to combat the orbital debris problem.
Society relies on satellites for all aspects of daily life – from communications, navigation, to monitoring the planet for environmental efforts. However, millions of pieces of debris of all shapes and sizes are orbiting the Earth and posing a threat to active satellites on which humankind depends. Astroscale is working with international partners to encourage the responsible use of space.
The Perseids is considered one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids frequently leave long trails of light behind them as they pass through Earth’s atmosphere and are know for fireballs as well. Fireballs are explosions of light and colour that can last longer and brighter than usual meteor streaks. This is because fireballs originate from larger chunks of debris from the comet.
Building Better Rockets, talk from Mike Curtis Rouse
It’s a new age, a new space age. Rockets, Space Planes, Balloons and even Catapults are all some of the ways that are being proposed to launch both satellites and people into space. Today there are over 150 companies offering new ways of getting into space, including 16 companies in the UK alone! Building Better Rockets will talk about some of these companies, the challenges, the opportunities, and even answer that question of whether you too could be going into space in this century!
Join us at Space Store on Thursday 15 August to find out more from the guy who helped develop the ExoMars planetary explorer!
Join us on Thursday 22 Aug for this awesome talk where OceanMind will share how, through the use of satellites and artificial intelligence, we can preserve biodiversity, protect livelihoods, and prevent slavery in the seafood industry.
We can all play a part in protecting this planet so come and get inspired!
This package contains dehydrated bacon bars, which were freeze-dried for ease of packaging and storage during flight. It was flown on the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Since it was not used, it was brought back to Earth. Most space food was easily reconstituted by the astronaut with a water probe which dispensed one half ounce of hot or cold water as required, each time the trigger button was pressed. These bars did not require rehydration and could be eaten straight from the package.
Apollo 11 was the first mission to land on the Moon. Bacon cubes were among the meals stored in the lunar module. And it worked out that meal A, the first scheduled meal to be eaten on the Moon, consisted of bacon squares, peaches, sugar cookie cubes, pineapple grapefruit drink and coffee. They ate history’s first meal on Moon slightly ahead of schedule after landing at the Sea of Tranquility.
Commercial Crew: Boeing Orbital Flight Test (uncrewed)
NASA and industry partners are targeting the return of human spaceflight from Florida’s Space Coast. These flight tests will prove the space systems meet NASA’s requirements for certification to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. For this uncrewed flight test, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
61st Anniversary of NASA’s first day of operations
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation bringing the National Astronautics and Space Administration into existence on July 29, 1958. The decision came after the success of the Sputnik program.
World Space Week, is the largest space event on Earth with more than 5,000 events in over 80 countries celebrating. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.”
Today, space agencies across the world are planning lunar missions. The Moon is thus the logical choice for the focus of World Space Week 2019 especially as it is the 50th Anniversary of the first lunar landing.
Sputnik 1 is launched from the soviet union, 1957. Sputnik was only 23 inches in diameter but weighed about 184 pounds. At 500 miles up, at the speed of 18,000 miles an hour, Sputnik circled the globe every 96 minutes, making 1,440 orbits around the Earth before beginning its re-entry.