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Mission Discovery King's College London
Biomedical Focus - July 9th to 13th, 2012

Work with Astronauts and NASA leaders for a week and get your ideas carried out in Space

The Mission Briefing

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. The programme is developed in partnership with the University’s Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS).

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

You will take on the role of a real research scientist in a biomedical project to be carried out in space.

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

The Mission Discovery Team

The Mission Discovery team for King's College 2012 will include:
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Ken Ham

NASA Astronaut and Space shuttle Commander

Jay Honeycutt

Former Director of Kennedy Space Centre

Professor Steve Harridge

Professor of Human and Applied Physiology

Dr David Green

Lecturer of Human and Aerospace Physiology

Professor Thais Russomano

Professor of Physiology and Biomedicine

Dr James Clark

Lecturer of Applied & Human Physiology

Michelle Ham

Senior Astronaut Trainer

Chris Barber

Space Educationalist

Professor Michael Fenech


Dr Smith Johnston

Medical Officer & Flight Surgeon

The Mission Discovery team will equip you with

  • 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
  • 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