This International Day of Human Spaceflight, the Ecsite Space Group is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting ready-to-use educational resource: “The International Space Station: Living and Working in Space” kit!
Fifty-six years after Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture out into space, the ability of human spaceflight to capture the imagination of children and adults alike has not dimmed in the slightest. What is more, since 2000, there has been continuous human presence in space on board the International Space Station (ISS). The astronauts’ living and working in space has enabled unprecedented scientific experimentation under unique conditions, and opened up new avenues of inquiry into long-term spaceflight for future space exploration.
Ecsite members Cité de l’Éspace (Toulouse, France) and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium (Copenhagen, Denmark) have been working with the European Space Agency and Ecsite to develop a new educational resource that allows you to engage your visitors with the science behind these advances.
Eleven ready-to-print and richly illustrated exhibition panels will take your audiences on a journey of discovery aboard the International Space Station, and present the astronauts’ everyday life and work in space. Along the way, your public can learn essential facts about space, discover the amazing living and working quarters of the station, and put themselves “into the astronauts’ spacesuits” as they learn about the changes undergone by human bodies in space. Accompanying the exhibition are two fun hands-on activities that illustrate the science behind the launching and landing of spacecraft and stunning image panels produced by the European Space Agency.
Talking about the ‘space way of life’ is also a great opportunity to discuss a myriad of related topics such as sustainability, international collaboration, extreme environments, health and the human body. So, whether you’re celebrating Yuri’s Night, Cosmonautics Day, or the International Day of Human Spaceflight today, consider taking your audience aboard the International Space Station using this new resource!
“The International Space Station: Living and Working in Space” kit is available in English and French, and is free of charge for Ecsite members. Find out more about this resource and how to access the kit here.