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Presentations and Workshops on
Astronomy and Space Exploration
by space expert Jerry Stone


* * * Next public presentation * * * It could be for your organisation. Contact me! * * *

Latest radio interview - The Juno spacecraft at Jupiter
Click here for the Interviews page


On Saturday 18 June,
British astronaut TIM PEAKE returned to Earth after 6 months on the International Space Station. I was on Sky News, talking about Tim Peake's mission to the ISS and what he has achieved.
See below for how you can be involved in space station activities!
* * * Listen to my interview about his mission, and about whether the referendum vote will affect funding for the European Space Agency here.
160618 Sky News with Anna Jones and Rocket seeds160618 Sky News with Anna Jones
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Click on the stars for details of the following topics

Space Workshops

Radio and TV interviews

Space Presentations

Exploring Mars

My book - "One Small Step"
Other activities

New Horizons at Pluto

New Horizons at Pluto
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In July 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft - with my name on it (!) reached Pluto and its moons ... but did it actually encounter a planet?

In 2006 the International Astronomical Union voted to re-classify Pluto as a Dwarf Planet, creating a constroversy that still continbues.  But does it need to?  Is there not a simple answer?

In an entertaining presentation, "Is Pluto A Planet?" looks at the IAU definition of a planet and some of its unintended - and unexpected - consequences.

I have given this presentation at over 20 locations around the UK.

If you'd like to see a presentation contact me
for more information or to make a booking

Further details here.


Jerry interviewed about water on Mars

Covering the ExoMars 2016 mission

On Sky News with Colin Brazier and Jayne Secker
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NASA's latest Mars probe - MAVEN - was launched in  November 2013 and reached the Red Planet in September 2014.

Like many other spacecraft it is carrying my name - coded on a DVD fitted to the spacecraft. However there is a bonus, as the DVD also includes a poem that I wrote about our exploration of Mars.

That makes me an interplanetary poet!

I was interviewed about the mission - and my poem - on Sky News by Dermot Murnaghan.

I did another interview with Dermot in September 2015 about NASA's announcement about evidence for liquid water on Mars.

My latest interview on Sky News was on March 14, 2016, covering the European Space Agency's ExoMars 2016 mission. Two spacecraft were launched and should reach the Red Planet in October.


      Space and Astronomy Workshops    

Jerry with Tim Peake

Tim Peake and Jerry Stone

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I made a model of the ISS using K'Nex!

KNEX ISS model

British astronaut Tim Peake spent 6 months on the International Space Station.

Why not use the excitement of his mission to inspire students or workers by booking a day of space activities.

Would you like a fun and inspiring session on astronomy and space at your school or organisation?
Would you like your pupils or workers to be excited and entertained?
Spaceflight UK offers exciting activities and presentations that you will not forget in a hurry.
Book now for a day of activities that bring science alive!

You can also book workshops for universities, and as team-building sessions for companies.

How will your teams fare competing for the "Eggs-Prize"?
Will they have the eggspertise? Will they eggseed their eggspectations or will their eggstronaut crack up on landing and eggspire . . .

Build a model of the International Space Station (ISS)
... out of toilet rolls, pizza trays, lollipop sticks, straws and kitchen foil.
The finished model is 1.5 metres long, and is very accurate!

 - o - Rocket Science - o -

I have a Rocket Science pack!
It contains rocket seeds that were on the ISS for 6 months.
They have been sent to schools all over the UK to see if the seed growth is affected by them having been in space.
This to help see if astronauts can grow some of their food in space.

Rocket Science seed experiment pack

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  Space Is Big!      Mission To Mars  
Build The Space Station

Plus
A cross between "Scrapheap Challenge",
"The Apprentice" & "Dragon's Den"

Details available here
Click here for a flyer

The

"The children will be talking about this day for a long time!"
"A brilliant day was had by all"         "It was the best day ever"
"A shame we didn't have longer"     "The workshops were excellent (and) well organised"
"Year 11 were blown away by their session!"        "Thank you so much - it was fantastic!"
"A really well organised and resourced day - I would book again!"
"Quite educational, inspiring and entertaining."
"Jerry was fantastic. So organised, so many helpful resources. Year 1 had a fabulous day
and are so excited about learning more about space."
"Thank you - we had a fantastic day. The girls listened well and really enjoyed
learning about space."
"You had super behaviour management skills and the workshop was excellent,
well organised and definitely a memorable learning experience for all."
"This was a fantastic day for students and staff. Top class!"
"A fantastic day which the pupils and parents thoroughly enjoyed.
The content was pitched at the children's level and was delivered
with great enthusiasm.  Thank you."

"You worked so hard throughout the day, barely having time for lunch.

The children were enthused by your knowledge and the time you spent

with each and every one of them."

Click here to see pictures from my day at Rodmersham Primay School in Kent.


Click here for details of the workshops

Contact me to make a booking.

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      Space and Astronomy Presentations    

A range of informative and entertaining presentations about astronomy and space exploration.

Click here for details of all the presentations

Here are just a few of the titles.   For items marked with an asterisk (*) click on the title for more information.

Latest title - Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie Click here for a poster.
A special presentation to mark the 90th anniversary of the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket. find out the significance of Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie! Contact me for details.
NEW - The Race Into Space Click here for a poster.
A look back at the famous Brooke Bond Tea cards issued in the 1970s, comparing them with reality. 
Is Pluto A Planet?  *
A controversial look at the official definition of a planet, and its unintended consequences. Now booking. Contact me for details.
Time for Space
The link between astronomy and time.
The Way To The Stars
The search for a real starship.
How We Reached The Moon  *
Mankind's greatest achievement

Would You Believe - We Put A Man On The Moon  *

Was it really a hoax? Find out the truth!

Colonies In Space  *
A new home for mankind, and a way to solve many of our problems on Earth!

Visiting the Lord of the Rings  *

The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn

Life in the Universe  *

A look at the question of whether or not we are alone

The Day They Launched A Woodpecker  *

Did you know that America once sent 50 elephants to the Moon?

The Next 50 Years In Space
2011 marked 50 years of human spaceflight. What might the next 50 years bring?

  ... and many more. Click here for a page with details of all my titles.

Download a flyer with details of my presentations here

I have also found out the truth about Galileo's discovery of the moons of Jupiter!
Contact me for details of my special presentation on this remarkable topic.

I have spoken at venues all across the UK and abroad, including . . .

Astronomical societies across the UK
The British Interplanetary Society
The Edinburgh Festival
The Farnborough Air Show
The Palace of Westminster
The Royal Institution
The Royal Observatory, Greenwich
Stargazing Live
UKSEDS Conferences
The World Science Fiction Convention
Meetings of the U3A, Rotary groups and many more

"The most inspiring lecture we have ever had."        "Fabulous"
"Visually stunning!"    "As though he worked on the mission himself!"
"A wonderfully entertaining talk"        "The best lecture I have heard"
"A fantastic presentation" "A very informative, highly interesting and entertaining talk"
"A splendid evening's information entertainment that we probably won't see again for a while"
"When can you come back?"

"You are by far the most professional, organised and helpful speaker I have dealt with."

"Awesome!"

Take an opportunity to hear from
"One of the leading speakers on space exploration"

Contact me to make a booking.

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      I'm also an author . . .    
One Small Step

One Small Step

"One Small Step" is presented as the scrap-book of a young space enthusiast whose grandfather worked in Mission Control during the Moon landings.
It's full of pictures, flaps to lift and things to pull out.

Sir Patrick Moore said "It's marvellous!"

Click here for further details
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      Radio and TV interviews    

 

Neil Armstrong
1930 - 2012

See my special page and watch my interviews on BBC and Sky News here

Sir Patrick Moore
1923 - 2012

See my special page here


You can find other interviews here.

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      Exploring Mars    

I am the President of the Mars Society UK, which is part of a world-wide organisation of people dedicated to the exploration of the planet Mars.

Find out about the Mars Society UK
Full details here.

The European Space Agency's Aurora programme is to explore Mars
Find out how you can help here.

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      Other activities . . .    

The Colonisation of Space

I am leading a project to update the designs for space colonies.

Back in the 1970s designs were produced for huge space colonies, constructed using the technology of that period, that could ultimately house millions of people.
What may seem really amazing is that the construction of the colonies would bring huge benefits to the Earth.

I am leading a project at the British Interplanetary Society to update the plans in view of the advances in technology since the 1970s.

If you are interested, if you would like a presentation on space colonies, or if you would like to be involved, you can find more details here.


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Launch Red Nose rockets for Comic Relief!

During March 2013 I offered schools the opportunity to do some unusual fund-raising for Comic Relief by letting pupils and parents launch a Red Nose-cone rocket!
This  raised over 300 and is believed to be a unique method of raising funds.

Your school or organisation can take part in this fun activity during March 2017.  Contact me for details

Is Pluto A Planet?

The New Horizons spacecraft reached distant Pluto in July 2015 . . .
But did it encounter a planet?

In 2006 the IAU voted to re-classify Pluto as a Dwarf Planet.
What exactly does that mean?   Just how many planets do we really have?

Book this entertaining look at the IAU's criteria, and discover a definitive answer to the question.

Details here.

New Horizons at Pluto

The crash of SpaceShipTwo

See my  page about the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

Details here
SpaceShipTwo

The end of The End of the World

The world didn't end on 21 December 2012 after all, but why should it?

Find the truth behind the nonsense about the Mayan calendar, Nibiru and other stupid claims.

Details here.

Find out about the Transit of Venus here, including my Transit Trek.

Listen to my interviews about the Transit, general astronomy and space exploration.

Click here for some images of the International Space Station
passing over.

Listen to my interview about this on 106 Jack FM.

ISS and Jupiter


The Persid Meteor Shower

For details of the various meteor showers visible during the year click here.

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contact me at info @ spaceflight-uk.com
 

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