Flight of the Space Shuttles at the University of Birmingham

From Dave Evetts of the Midlands Spaceflight Society

Dear All,

This is an event this Saturday:

Flight of the Space Shuttles at the University of Birmingham

The UoB Astronomical society (AstroSoc), along with the School of Physics and Astronomy, is organising an all-day event in and around the Physics Poynting building on Saturday 19th March, 10 am to 4 pm.

This event is aimed at all ages of the general public, and in particular is appropriate for school and University students. Themed around the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet and about space flight in general, the day will have various events suitable for people of all ages. Many of these will be hands-on activities, and it will be possible for interested people to spend several hours at the venue taking part in a variety of events.

One of the highlights of the day will be the talk at 11.30 am (PhysicsPoynting LLT) by Professor Peter Willmore on “Taking part in a Shuttle mission: Spacelab 2”. Prof. Willmore was the project leader of a large and complex high-energy telescope which was built by physicists at the University of Birmingham (with the help of local engineering firms) and flown onboard the Spacelab 2 Challenger Space Shuttle mission in 1985.

Other activities taking place on the day include: construction of a landing device from household objects to safely land an egg from the physics bridge to the ground, simulating the manner in which space scientists have managed to successfully land scientific instruments on to the surface of Mars; a build and decorate your own rocket contest for the construction of well-decorated rockets and those that fly the farthest; a second talk entitled: Per Ardua Ad Astra : Human spaceflight – 5 decades of triumphs and tragedies – and what does this bode for the future of our species? delivered by the European Space Agency’s Space Ambassador, Anu Ojha and much more to enable understanding of the Space Shuttle; one of the greatest achievements of space science. The Flight of the Space Shuttles is currently planned to run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday 19th of March 2011.

Entrance and all activities are free, but due to limits on numbers, certain workshops will be on a first-come-first served basis.

More details on the event’s website,

and also on University announcements,

Many thanks and I hope to see you there! Richard Pearson


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