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Inspiring future girl Space & Science students

If you would like to share your story and inspire our Key Stage two girls that have joined ORSA – Breanna & Aditi (Y5), Lilianne, Patricia, Preetha & Imogen (Y4) Zuzia, Khushi, Rachel, Maryam and Julia (Y3) – please post a comment here and give them something to aspire to …


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5 Comments so far

  1.   Carolle Varughese on January 16th, 2016          Reply

    Kia Ora (Hello) young spacelings!

    I’m Carolle and I live in NZ. I love astronomy and astrophysics and it is something I get to experience every night here in Lake Tekapo. It’s so incredibly dark here that we can see the Milky Way (our home Galaxy) as well as the Magellanic Clouds (two small nearby galaxies) just with the eyes! My favourite thing to do is to take my blankets out at night and count how many shooting stars I can see as well as all the satellites floating over the earth. Most importantly, the International Space Station (if it goes over NZ). Sometimes I get to work with the biggest telescope in NZ called the MOA hunting for planets outside our solar system. Pretty awesome I would say!
    I hope that you find what inspires you and that you follow where your questions lead.

    Take care,

    Carolle

  2.   Ruby on January 17th, 2016          Reply

    Hi there ORSAnauts!

    I got my first telescope when i ws 8 years old (a while ago!). Ever since then i have been fascinated with the stars, planets and space. I have a much better reflector telescope now (reflector scopes uses mirror and lens). There are so many stars in the night sky and it is interesting finding out all thier many names! Right now, the planet Venus can be seen in the morning sky and it is the brightest planet that you can see just now.
    The moon is wonderful for giving us light, but did you know it controls the sea tide and the length of our day?! You can see the craters if you look at it through a telescope and it is amazing to see.
    I am very interested in the International Space Station. You can see it when it fly’s overhead where you are if it is a clear night. The solar panels give off the light so you can see it. The astronauts are either working, resting, or excersising as it goes by. I always wave to them , and it is wonderful to have the first british astronaut Tim Peake living there just now. I hope you all watched the launch and have been following him! There are many live streams where you can watched live views from the spacestation. Not only do you get to see EARTH, but you also get to see the astronauts at work, and also some experiments that they are doing. You can also watch them do a Spacewalk where they go outside the spacecraft to carry out repairs.

    I hope you are all enjoying your time learning about space and science, well done !

    bye for now
    Ruby, from Scotland

  3.   Sam Mundell on January 18th, 2016          Reply

    Hi!
    Since the age of 11 I’ve been fascinated by the night sky and astronomy. Many a night I would be outside with my dads old and battered telescope looking at the moon and planets, wondering what else was out there.
    Fast forward many years, and here I am..two telescopes, a collection of meteorites and fossils (my passions!) and a love of science that will never leave me.
    I’ve learnt over the years that there are no limits in life – or science. Sheer determination and hard work has led to me studying astronomy and the sciences with the Open University enabling me to gain a Certificate in Natural Sciences. I’ve travelled far and wide in order to fuel my passion for science and space meeting astronauts and scientists along the way. And, I’ve just returned from a meteorite hunting expedition in Arizona!
    This September I will, at the ripe old age of nearly 46, be starting at Portsmouth University as a mature student to read Geological Hazards. This will I hope, lead to an Honours degree!
    So, whatever your dreams and aspirations are, nothing can stop you. Space and the sciences has never been so exciting, we still have so much to learn, and you will be the ones to find out answers to questions that possibly haven’t been asked yet!
    Keep looking up, keep marvelling at the night sky, and remember there are no limits!
    All the best,
    Sam. (Gosport Hants).

  4.   Dr Sarah Bearchell on January 18th, 2016          Reply

    I’m a biologist by training. I actually did my doctorate just down the road from you at Reading University. However, space has always fascinated me. How could it not?!

    I now get to do much more than just Biology through my job as a Science Presenter. We look for micrometeorites, make star projectors, watched the eclipse and had a very special assembly to watch Tim Peake’s launch to the ISS.

    Have you tried looking for micrometeorites? They are part of the spacedust which rains down on Earth ALL THE TIME! It’s very easy to do and utterly amazing what you can find. It is thrilling to hold a piece of extraterrestrial rock which you found yourself! I can email the instructions to your teacher if you like.

    This comment is not just for the girls – I’m a firm believer that everyone should have a chance to explore science for themselves. It’s really important that everyone gets “hands-on” 🙂

    I went to a “normal” primary and a “normal” senior school, just the ones I lived closest to. I had some pretty inspirational teachers at both schools and they encouraged me to follow the subjects I loved. A LONG time later I am still doing that – and loving it 🙂

    Good luck with your investigations
    Sarah

  5.   Pamela Casto on January 18th, 2016          Reply

    Hello from West Virginia in the U.S. ! I am a NASA education specialist. You can have an interest in almost any career field and work in the space and earth science fields. NASA, ESA, and JAXA have everyone from astronomers and astronauts to archeologists and scuba divers working for them. I am an educator with access to over a million dollars worth of telescopes, robots, rockets, and other cool science equipment that I train educators in West Virginia how to use and then let them borrow it from our NASA center for free to use with students such as yourselves. Take some time to explore the many different kinds of careers in the space industry.

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