Hello Team Leaders,

Last week was a big one for us here at UNSA HQ - not only did we have a fantastic time learning all about astronomy and chatting with Liz Avery and Samantha Cristoforetti, but we also had our 5,000th Cadet join the Astro Science Challenge!

We hope you had a great week too, and congratulations if you earned your UNSA Badge for Mission 1. Don’t worry if you’re still working on Mission 1, there’s plenty of time to catch up!

Let’s get cracking with Mission 2...


Produced with our friends at the Met Office, in Mission 2 Cadet's will learn about what space weather is, how it affects us on Earth and about the astronauts living on the International Space Station. They'll also earn their third Badge - the Space Weather Badge. 

Your Cadets will be learning more about the Sun and its effects here on Earth; researching fascinating phenomena like sunspots, or becoming space weather-people and giving their own space weather forecast. There are plenty of Resources to help with these Tasks on our website, and lots of helpful videos in our ‘Space Weather’ playlist on YouTube.

As we mentioned last week, we understand that getting started on a new Mission can feel daunting, and we’re here to help. If things are feeling overwhelming take another read of our two-stage launch plan from the Mission 1 email, or look over the How To Do The Astro Science Challenge document - there are lots of helpful tips in there. We’re also constantly updating the FAQs section of the Astro Science Challenge website, and of course you can email us ( with any concerns.

Our main aim for the Astro Science Challenge is for you and your Cadet(s) to learn and have fun together. There are no grades, no right or wrong ways to do things - we just hope that you enjoy it! And from all the brilliant photos, videos and messages we’ve received, we know that a lot of you are!


The Space Shed was honoured to host two fantastic guests last week for our Mission Broadcasts. Our interviews with ace astronomer Liz Avery (watch here) and amazing astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (watch here) are available to catch up on now on our YouTube channel.

We’ve got another two jam-packed Mission Broadcasts lined up for this week...
Wednesday 13th May, 10am (BST)
Dr Sophie Murray, Space Weather Expert
Friday 15th May, 2pm (BST)
Professor Andy Newsam, Astronomer

UNSA AMA (Ask Me Anything)
Our special UNSA AMAs are a chance for you and your Cadets to ask *anything* you'd like about space, science, life and the Universe. Want to know if you could keep goldfish in space or if time is the same everywhere? Well, Professor Andy has already answered those for us, but we know you'll have plenty of cool and creative questions to send to our resident science expert.

We love receiving Cadet questions to answer as part of our Mission Broadcasts, and to see the work you’ve been creating, so please do send them in via email or to @unspaceagency, and we’ll do our best to feature as many as possible. You might even win a limited edition UNSA t-shirt, as modelled here👇 by Tim Peake on the International Space Station!
Catch you next time for Mission 3!

Javairya Khan
UNSA Mission and Communications Officer
A reminder from Space M.O.M. (Mission Operations Manager) Sarah - if you send anything over to us via email or on social media, we'll be sharing it on a variety of public platforms and we'll hold on to it indefinitely for possible use in future promotional materials, advocacy purposes and generally to remind ourselves of how much fun we all had! If you'd prefer for us not to do this or you'd like us to avoid any mention of you/your child by name, please let us know. You can contact us any time to retract this permission.

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