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This Mission is all about rockets! You'll be learning about how rockets work & then building and launching your own! By completing this Mission you will earn the “Build & Launch A Rocket” badge from the Science Museum.
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  1. Task 1 How does gravity work on Earth?

    A full set of complementary resources are available for download on the UNSA site

    Using your scientific enquiry skills, try out at least 3 different activities to explore how Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion will make something move and the impact the force of gravity has on movement.

    Present your ideas in a way that show you understand:

    • that gravity pulls objects to the Earth
    • Newton’s Third Law of Motion

    As evidence you could upload a written report and photos or labelled diagrams - the important thing is that you do some practical experiments!

    You can use these resources to help you:

    BBC Bitesize has LOADS of great videos about Forces and Motion:
    In particular you might find these ones about space and astronomy useful.

    Professor Brian Cox visits NASA to find out which falls fastest in a vacuum - a feather or a bowling ball (5mins)

    ESA have an excellent video explaining the Soyuz rocket launch process (11 mins)

    See the effect of forces and gravity in space with Tim Peake showing what happens when they “reboost” the:
    ISS (2mins)

    This is a cool replay of Tim's launch to the ISS including video of the astronauts inside the Soyuz spacecraft (4mins)

    And if you'd like to see what a launch looks like from the point of view of a rocket, check out this video from ESA on YouTube showing the launch of an unmanned Soyuz rocket with views from on board cameras

  2. Task 2 Design, build and launch a rocket!

    Now that you understand Newton's Third Law of Motion, you can build and launch a rocket!

    Using your designing and making skills design, make and test a rocket to fly the highest and travel the furthest. Adapt and improve your rocket design as a result of testing it. Maybe you could set targets and see if you can hit them. Keep records of your rocket data and prepare your 'Rocket Journey' to share with others.

    We'd love to see as many videos of your rocket launches as possible!

    This video on 'How To Make A Stomp Rocket' from the:
    Glasgow Science Centre is good
    as is this one from the Fleet Science Centre in
    San Diego

  3. Task 3 Write a letter of support to Tim

    Plan and draft a letter to Tim Peake that will encourage and inspire him during his mission on board the ISS.

    Consider what you have found out about his Mission during this project and what still lies ahead for him. Make sure you encourage, inspire and wish him lots of luck. Maybe you could include some of your own discoveries and ideas from previous Missions to show him how hard you have worked.

    Maybe you could film yourself reading your letter, upload it and get your Team Leader to send Tim a link so he can see it, he tries to reply to as many tweets and comments on his Twitter and Facebook accounts as he can:

    Or you could take a picture of it and tweet it to him or post it to his Facebook page.

    You could even send it in the post to him to read when he gets back from space!
    Tim Peake
    c/o European Astronaut Centre
    Linder Hoehe
    51147 Cologne

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