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Topical Science – Tim Peake makes historic spacewalk

Major Tim Peake, the first astronaut representing the UK to carry out a spacewalk, has described the experience as ‘exhilarating’.

Peake and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday 15 January to replace a broken voltage regulator. The pair were outside the space station for almost five hours and managed to replace the broken piece of equipment, but the operation needed to be cut short after water leaked into Kopra’s helmet.

About four hours after becoming the first Briton to walk in space, Peake tweeted three pictures of the experience and shared his feelings on looking down and seeing Earth from space.

Today’s exhilarating #spacewalk will be etched in my memory forever – quite an incredible feeling!

Watch the Twig film Man on The Moon: Part 1 to discover more about space missions. Alternatively, watch the Tigtag film Filtration on the ISS to find out more about life in space (a Glow login is required to access these videos).

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Keep up to date with Tim Peake during his 6 month mission on the ISS by following @astro_timpeake on Twitter.

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Topical Science – Small cousin of the triceratops discovered.

Twig LogoA scientist who has been studying a dinosaur fossil found on the East Coast of North America says it is evidence that the continent was divided in half by a shallow sea 100 million years ago.

Dr Nick Longrich, from the Milner Centre for Evolution, has been studying the jaw fragments of a horned dinosaur about the size of a dog. It is believed to be the smaller cousin of the better-known Triceratops – both members of the Ceratopsia dinosaur family.

The jaw fragments are more slender than that of Ceratopsia found on the West Coast of North America, suggesting the dinosaurs evolved differently based on their diets.

Further information on this discovery and suggested resources are accessible via the Twig Newsdesk. Twig is available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.

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Topical Science – Oxygen discovered on a comet.

Last month, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that the Rosetta mission had discovered molecular oxygen on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Tigtag and Twig can support the teaching of this event and help bring topical science into your classroom.

Further information on this discovery and suggested resources are accessible via Tigtag and Twig, both of which are available to all educators and learners in Scotland via the Glow Launch Pad.. The resources can be accessed here (Tigtag) and here (Twig). Note you will need to be logged into Glow to access these resources.

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You can also keep up to date and follow the Rosetta Mission on Twitter @ESA_Rosetta.

 

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