World Space Week at The English School

18 Oct. 2016

World Space Week at the English School
World Space Week at the English School
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The English School Astronomy Club organised 3 events to celebrate World Space Week. This is the first time the school has ever participated in this UN declared event.   It was a resounding success!

On Thursday 6th October, we had the pleasure of listening to Dr Constantinos Demetroullas.  He  gave a very interesting talk on his research on weak gravitational lensing.  As well as this, we used our telescopes to observe the moon and had an introduction to this year’s theme, “Remote Sensing” by our very own physics teacher Ms Katie Demetriou.  The event was well attended by students, staff and teachers.  It was an honour that Mr Danos, the  President of  Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO) accepted our invitation to come and was present.

On Friday 7th October we arranged a teleconference lecture with Dr Larry Matthies, who spoke to us from Pasadena, California. This was extremely exciting!  Dr Matthies works as a senior researcher in robotics at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.   His lecture focused on missions to Mars, as his computer vision group at JPL designed, tested and built the guidance and landing systems of the Mars rover, Curiosity. This rover is currently on Mars carrying out scientific measurements, and checking to see if there are any signs of life.   We were also honoured by the presence of the Cyprus National Coordinator of World Space Week, Mr Troullias, who gave out certificates of commendation to students who had designed excellent logos for the astronomy club.  Christos Falas 3Y won the competition for his design.

On Wednesday 12th October a telescope lesson took place in SB11 where astronomy club members were taught about the 3 main types of telescope and how they work.  The lesson was given by Mr Nicos Kountouris, who is a parent at the school and a very experienced amateur astronomer.

The English School astronomy Club would like to thank everyone who participated in the events, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and cannot wait to do it again next year.

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