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World Space Week concludes as Space Exploration continues

 October 10 2023 | Online | Views: 980

The STEM Hub celebrated another successful World Space Week with an array of engaging and informative virtual space related talks expertly presented by STEM Ambassadors from space industries, higher education and aviation regulators.

A week of inspirational talks were presented to around 32,500 primary and secondary aged students on contemporary space related topics ranging from technology, engineering and the environment to career opportunities within the space sector. They learnt about numerous types of space technologies used to explore planets, moons, asteroids, and comets within the solar system and how information is captured and brought back down to earth!

This year’s theme “Space and Entrepreneurship” recognised the growing significance of the commercial space industry in space, and the increasing opportunities for space entrepreneurship and new benefits of space developed by space entrepreneurs. STEM Ambassador Katherine, a former Chief Executive Officer at the UK Space Agency spoke about entrepreneurs who have been influential in the research and development to make and test things in space and much more. 

Presenters from the University of Sussex and University College London gave informative talks about space exploration and discoveries being captured by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the recently launched wide-angled Euclid telescope.

An exciting talk about UK Spaceports and startups, ‘space junk’ and the proliferation of satellites in space giving rise for a need to regulate the growth in space sector activity, was delivered by the Civil Aviation Authority. And to conclude World Space Week, Spaceport Cornwall explained why the UK’s first ever attempt to launch a satellite and rocket into space from UK soil failed and explained why resilience, hard work and optimism, are important traits to learn whilst going through education.

Throughout the talks, enthusiastic students engaged and put hundreds of space related questions to the speakers on topics ranging from sustainability, careers routes, technology and the universe.

If you missed any of our live space talks, you could watch them on-demand at your leisure by visiting: thestemhub.org.uk/stem-at-home/space


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