Space Awareness webinar: ESA’s Space Exploration Missions
A unique tour around ESA’s Space Technology and Research Center (ESTEC)

Space Awareness webinar: ESA’s Space Exploration Missions
Location: Online
Organizer: Space Awareness and ESA
Type of event: webinar
Target groups: primary and secondary school teachers and students, educational authorities, researchers, etc.
Topic: ESA's exploration of space
Theme: Our Wonderful Universe
Language of event: English

This webinar will take the participants on a unique tour around ESA’s Space Technology and Research Center (ESTEC). During the webinar, you will learn about past, current and future ESA’s space missions, which tests have to be performed before instruments are placed onboard spacecraft and go to space and what trainings astronauts take. You will take a virtual step on surface of the Moon and Mars where humans work in cooperation with robots. Moreover, you will find out about ESA’s space footprint and research heritage for future generations of space explorers.

The webinar will be held by James Carpenter who works at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands. He is a Project Scientist working as part of a team developing missions to the Moon. He is responsible for all of the scientific experiments that these missions will perform and defining the scientific requirements that must be addressed by the engineered systems. (Read more about the speaker here)

Register now by filling out the application form!

The webinar will take place in the Scientix online meeting room on 2nd February 2017 at 11:00 CET, Brussels time. After registration, you will receive an e-mail with instructions. NB: Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis!

Teachers are invited to participate together with their students! It is a great opportunity for teachers to make their lessons interactive and interesting. If you are going to participate with your class, please take some time to take a look at the resources, instructions and Code of Conduct together with your students.

Before the webinar, check out links and resources related to the topic:

Lunar Exploration interactive resource

ExoMars – past and future missions

A tour around the International Space Station

Astronaut’s training

Soyuz capsule explanation

We kindly ask participants to follow instructions provided below:

- There should be only one computer for a class managed by a teacher.

- A microphone and a webcamera on a computer should be turned off.

- Teachers are welcome to post questions in English on behalf of their students in the Padlet and also during the live chat. Please indicate name, country and school.

Code of Conduct

We should remind you and your students to not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behaviour isn't acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

- Violent threats or language directed against another person.
- Discriminatory jokes and language.
- Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
- Posting (or threatening to post) other people's personally identifying information ("doxing").
- Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

If any of the above-mentioned cases will arise, we will have to take harsh measures and ban you and your school from any other future Space Awareness live activities.

Many thanks for following these rules and taking actions according to the provided instructions.

Image: A full-size model of the ExoMars entry, descent and landing module, Schiaparelli, with its parachute deployed​ at ESA/ESTEC
Credit: ESA–S. Muirhead​

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