Team Russia launches

Relaunching the blog from Moscow, Russia.

de Ferrers (and West Park) are here taking part in the Space Master Class.

Each day a student will be writing about their experiences.

Mr G.

Our first day began with our space cadets experiencing a wide ranging breakfast of burgers, pizzas and pancakes. Though, after a long day of travelling, some of our students did not quite make the 8.00am start time!

Split into two groups, we embarked on a walking tour of Moscow city. First, however, we had to catch the metro into the city centre, which plunged us right into the daily lives of Russian citizens whilst experiencing the diverse culture that the stations had to offer. Most prominent of which were bronze statues lining the walls of the station depicting Russian workers of many professions. The stunning art pays tribute to Russia’s citizens and rich history.

Whilst above ground today, we were exposed to unique sights such as: the eternal flame, the changing of the guards and the resting place of Lenin. However, the students found most amazement in the beauty of St Basil’s cathedral and the famous Kremlin. Today saw our students experience the immense landmarks that Moscow had to offer, and were not left disappointed. We finished the day with a meal at our hotel and an exclusive presentation given by Alexander Martynov with a special guest… Alexander Volkov, the Ukrainian cosmonaut! This was a fantastic opportunity for the whole team to ask him some pressing questions and even have a photo taken with the national hero.



Is this the year of Space Science?

First there was Rosetta – catching up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Landing the Philae probe onto the surface in November 2014.

Philae, unfortunately landed in too much shadow (after a few bounces). But woke up again on 13th of June having received enough sunlight, just days before Dr Monica Grady (big sister of our “head of maths”) came to give a talk to de Ferrers students.

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This week has seen New Horizons reach Pluto, after a 9 year journey around the solar system

We now have clear images of Pluto’s surface and pictures of Pluto’s moons, such as Charon.


Other important space science events include:

It’s a very exciting time to be an Astrophysicist!

Mr G

Source: NASA (New Horizons), Wikipedia, HubbleSite

Science = ACE!!

Professor Brian Cox (the one of the telly) gives 10 reasons why being a “boffin is not boring” in this article on the BBC Swtich’s Slink blog.

At the bottom of the article is a Facebook page where you can sign up for a competition for Brian Cox to do a talk at de Ferrers (or your own school for all the readers not from de Ferrers)

For those of you that missed his awesome TV series “Wonders of the Solar System” here is the BBC minisite – with video clips and links to iPlayer.

Mr G

Hawking and Archbishop “could both be right” on God…

Heard a snippit on an advert for channel 4 news yesterday about Hawking and the universe, so i had to look it up…. heres the link…..check it out 🙂


Happy Birthday Hubble!!!

The Hubble Space Telescope is 20 years old today. I remember (a lad of 15 at the time) being astounded by some of the first pictures released. 20 years later I am still amazed at how beautiful Physics can be.

There is a lot more info and more pictures on the HubbleSite.

For more information about Edwin Hubble, the Astronomer who showed the Universe is expanding which lead to our understanding of the origins of the Universe and for whom the telescope is named – see this Wikipedia entry.

Mr G