Mission Discovery at King's College London

Work with astronauts, astronaut trainers, scientists and NASA leaders! Compete to have your idea for an experiment built, launched to the International Space Station and carried out in space.

Be there at Mission Discovery in July at King’s College London one of the top 25 universities in the world.

You will be assigned to a team to formulate an idea for an experiment that can be done in space. You will present your idea and compete against other Mission Discovery teams to produce the best proposal.

Our US partners have a Space Act Agreement with NASA that enables educational projects to be carried out on the International Space Station.

To learn more or to share information about Mission Discovery at King's College in London 2013, download some of our PDF packages:



Click here to sign up for Mission Discovery at King's College London 2013.

Typical Mission Discovery Team

Ken Ham
Astronaut & Space Shuttle Commander

Ken was the commander of the Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-132 to the International Space Station in May 2010.

Additionally Ken's Space experience includes being the Pilot of Space Shuttle Mission STS-124.

Ken's Background is as a naval aviator and test pilot.

Chris Barber
Director of ISSET

Founder of the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) and 'Message to the Moon'. He has led leadership Programmes in the UK, USA, Arctic and India.

He has had extensive careers in finance and education and is a Leadership Consultant.

Jay Honeycutt
Former Director of Kennedy Space Centre

Jay is former Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre and the former President of Lockheed Martin Space Operations.

Jay is an engineer who has had almost unrivalled senior level experience with NASA in the Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle Space Programmes.

He was the head of the team that devised simulations for Astronauts and Mission Controllers in NASA’s Apollo Moon Landings programme.

Michelle Ham
Senior Astronaut Trainer

Michelle's experience includes having been a Lead NASA Astronaut Trainer and Instructor, an International Space Station Flight Controller, a Space Operations Planner and a Lead Planner for the NASA's Extreme Environment Operation.

She has carried out traning in USA, Europe, India, Russia and Japan.

Steve Haridge
Professor of Human & Applied Physiology

Steve is Professor of Human & Applied Physiology and Director of the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, at King’s College London.

His research interest is human skeletal muscle function and plasticity, particularly with regard to ageing.

He is a member of the editorial board of Experimental Physiology and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sports Science.

He is Director of the MSc in Human & Applied Physiol ogy and Co-Director of the MSc in Aviation Medicine.

David Green
Lecturer of Human & Aerospace Physiology

David is a Lecturer of Human & Aero-space Physiology and is the coordinator of the Aero-space & Extreme Environment Adaptation Group within the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London.

His work is in the physiological responses and adaptation that occur in times of change. Particular interest is in the adaptations seen during exposure to extreme and hostile environments.

James Clarke
Lecturer of Applied & Human Physiology

James holds a Lectureship in Applied & Human Physiology (Aerospace Physiology) at King’s College London.

He has worked in the Cardiovascular Division at King’s College London and has been awarded a British Heart Foundation Research Fellowship to carry out work on cardio-protection.

James is a member of the International Society for Heart Research(ISHR), The British Cardiac Society, The British Society for Cardiovascular Research and the Physiological Society.

Thais Russomano
Professor of Physiology & Biomedicine

Thais has over 20 years experience in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Human Physiology, Biomedical Engineering & Telemedicine & Health. She studied medicine in Brazil, completed a Masters Degree in Aerospace Medicine in Ohio and her PhD in Space Physiology at King’s.

She is a Founder, Director and Associate Professor of the Microgravity Centre at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, Brazil.

She is also guest scientist at the German Aerospace Centre, and winner of numerous national & international awards in the area of Space Life Science Research.

Experiment in Space

The winning experiment from last year's Mission Discovery at King's College is to be sent to the International Space Station sometime in November 2013; Click here to find out more about it.

This is astronaut Don Pettit conducting an experiment aboard the International Space Station. Don believes that last year's winning experiment, which launches to the International Space Station in November, will work. Your experiment could be the next to be undertaken by an astronaut in space.

The Mission Discovery Team Will Equip You With

  • How the body adapts to space and hostile environments
  • How to innovate
  • Space experiments, developments and spin-offs
  • Research, guided by experts
  • Budgeting
  • Presentation skills
  • Cutting edge technology
  • Inculcating the NASA ‘you can do it’ spirit
  • NASA Leadership
  • NASA Team Building
  • How you fulfil your dreams and ambitions
  • How space exploration benefits life on earth
  • The environment of space
  • The experience of being in space
  • What makes a great experiment
  • Insights into biomedical research

  • Further Information

    King's College London

    15th to 19th July, 2013

    Length of Assignment:
    Daily 09.30 until 16.30

    £355 non-residential or £695 residential, including 4 nights accommodation

    Crew Quarters:
    Saint Paul's YHA, London

    Sign Up

    Click here to sign up for Mission Discovery at King's College, London.