Exploring capillarity - Take your classroom into space

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Gravity has something to do with capillary action, but what? Students using ESAs 'Take Your Classroom into Space' kit and this video recorded in the weightlessness envirnoment of the ISS can now find out. The experiment was proposed by a Belgian and Italian teachers who participated to the ESA competition 'Take Your Classroom into Space'. http://www.esa.int/esaHS/education.html

Feeding our Future - Nutrition on Earth and in Space

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Manned space missions to the Moon and beyond are currently being researched. Over the next decades the first man on Mars could be science fact - not science fiction. This extraordinary step for mankind will need some amazing advances in technology and engineering. And it is not just interplanetary spacecraft and habitats that we need to develop and build to explore these hostile environments. It is also a question of ‘what will be for dinner on Mars’? On the International Space...

Science Fiction - Science Fact

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Whether it's Star Trek's USS Enterprise, or the iconic space station from 2001: A Space Odyssey, science fiction has always provided inspiration and ideas for the scientists and engineers that design and build real spacecraft. The, at times, fine line between science fiction literature and the developments in real life space activities provides the backdrop to ESA's latest Space-in-Bytes video lesson release, titled 'Science fiction – science fact'. Taking inspiration from well-known...

The Ingredients for Life - On Earth & in Space

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We are all space travellers flying around the Sun at 107,000 km per hour. Our spaceship is the Earth and our bodies have evolved to live on this amazing craft. We now have the capability of leaving planet Earth. However, if man is to live in space and travel to other planets, we must learn how to survive for long periods of time out there; we have to recreate in space the vital ingredients for life on Earth. Future space vehicles and space habitats will need advanced life support...