Parliamentary Showcase

The OU’s outreach meteorite collection was one of the star attractions at The Open University’s Parliamentary Showcase in the House of Commons on Wednesday 9 March. The event, attended by MPs, Lords and Senior Civil Servants was an opportunity to showcase the science and education benefits of space science research at the Open University. The…

Space at Pendragon School

On 26th February Diane Turner visited Pendragon Pre-school in Papworth Everard to kick-start their project on space. The children (including Diane’s twins) were able to identify Earth, the Moon and Mars and compared rocks from Earth with the lunar and Nakhla meteorites from the Open University outreach meteorite collection. There were excited discussions on how…

Comets and Meteorites in Norwich

On Friday 27 November Simon Sheridan gave a talk about the Rosetta Mission to the Norwich Astronomical Society at their Seething Observatory. There were well over 100 people in the audience and after the talk he had a very lively hands-on session with the Open University outreach meteorite collection. The audience were extremely enthusiastic and…

Visit to Porchester Junior School

On Monday 16 November Dr Simon Sheridan was invited back to his Junior School in Nottingham to talk to the current children about space science and jobs in the space industry.He ran three, hour-long workshops where the children performed experiments to investigate the effect of impacts on the Earth.  The sessions ended with the children…

Rosetta at Eton

On 12th November Dr Andrew Morse of the Open University’s Department of Physical Sciences and a member of the ESA Rosetta team gave a presentation entitled: “Rosetta – Landing on a comet” to Eton College Scientific Society.  The event was attended by approximately eighty pupils from both Eton College and Windsor Boys’ School. Dr Andrew…

Rosetta goes to the Isle of Man

On the 9th October Dr. Andrew Morse gave a presentation to about 100 year 12 pupils of Castle Rushen High school.  The presentation was about the Rosetta mission and the engineering challenges overcome on its 10 year journey to land on a comet.  The presentation also included handling the DPS meteorites collection. This was followed…

A New Arrival

The Chelyabinsk “superbolide” exploded over Russia at 9.20am on 15th February 2013, causing extensive damage and making news headlines across the globe.Huge amounts of extraterrestrial material were collected on the ground in the days that followed this massive explosion. This debris is officially classified as being from the Chelyabinsk meteorite, and has the composition of an…