23 November 2014

Call for proposals: drop or spin your thesis

ESA’s Education Office has recently launched two new calls for proposals for 2015 university programmes: Drop Your Thesis! and Spin Your Thesis! University student teams, from bachelor to PhD level, from all ESA Member and Cooperating States, are invited to submit their experiment proposals. If selected, they will get the opportunity to carry out experiments in hypergravity or microgravity.

The application deadline for both programmes is 7 December 2014.

Find out more about the programmes and how to apply

Competition: Find a name for Rosetta’s landing site on the comet!

Help Rosetta’s scientists find a name for Rosetta’s landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae, Rosetta’s lander, will attempt the first soft landing ever on a comet nucleus on 12 November 2014.

To enter the competition, you must be at least 13 years old.

Deadline for naming competition entries is 22 October.

Competition details

ESA Education introduces ‘Teach with Rosetta’

ESA Education is proud to present  ‘Teach with Rosetta,’ a new dedicated website filled with information, classroom resources and student activities that link school sciences to Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission to comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko.

The Teach with Rosetta minisite offers classroom material suitable for both primary and secondary schools, information about the Rosetta mission and comets, links to Rosetta’s breaking news, images and videos, as well as educational resources for children’s play time.

In the next weeks and months ESA Education will be regularly publishing new resources.  In particular, today’s release includes the two first classroom resources for secondary schools taken from ESA’s new ‘Teach with space’ collection: Marble-ous ellipses and Cooking a comet. These two resources consist of a teacher’s guide, student activities, and an accompanying video that covers curricular subjects such as physics and chemistry.

Visit the website: Teach with Rosetta

Competition for Irish Students to join the ESA Rosetta Adventure for Science Week

On November 12, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, the first-ever spacecraft to orbit a comet, will attempt a soft touchdown on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

To celebrate this historic occasion which is taking place during Science Week Ireland CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork and the Dunsink Observatory, Dublin have partnered with ESERO Ireland to offer free & competition based Rosetta workshops and a Cosmic Careers day to Irish students.

Teachers have until October 21st to submit their answer to “In 50 words or less tell us what you know about the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission.”

Entries to:

World Space Week with an Irish twist – Seachtain Dhomhanda an Dearbhspas

Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara who won first prize for the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory World Space Week experience at Ireland’s historic Dunsink Observatory on October 10 2014 will learn about the Universe from experts at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) as Gaeilge.

40 students from the schools Transition Year are participating in the Comhrá 24/7 initiative; taking part in a world record attempt for the longest Irish language conversation in the world in a relay conversation circle. The transmission is part of a total schedule of 169 hours non-stop that will be streamed live online.

The students will also participate in a live video link with Galway born Dominic Doyle, senior optical engineer with the European Space Agency at their technical centre ESTEC in the Netherlands. During the live broadcast Dominic and the students will be discussing ESA and the World Space Week theme – Space Guiding Your Way making it a truly cosmic Irish transmission.

Well done to the students bringing the blas to Seachtain Dhomhanda an Dearbhspas i Réadlann Dhún Since.

This event is in association with ESERO Ireland, the European Space Education Resource Office.

For more information on Ireland’s WSW events please visit

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