Hello Team Leaders,

Congratulations. We’re now over halfway through The Astro Science Challenge: LIVE! You and your Cadets are doing brilliantly. We hope you enjoyed cooking up healthy and nutritious meals for Tim Peake on the ISS - your menus made us very hungry here at Mission HQ. So hungry in fact, that we’ve decided to dedicate one of this week’s Mission Broadcasts to one of our favourite foods - read on to find out more...

This week’s Mission is a challenging one, but we know you’ve got what it takes to level up. Keep persevering and working as a team - astronaut training is hard work, whether you’re Tim Peake, Samantha Cristoforetti or Mini Jon. And remember the UNSA team is always here to help.


NB: As you might have seen from our previous email, if you downloaded the Resources for this Mission before 2pm on 19/05/2020 then please delete those files and download the new ones here.

In Mission 4, you and your Cadet(s) will be learning a whole new language - computer code. A language like Spanish or French but instead of using it to communicate with people from other countries, we use code to communicate with computers. Basically, if you learn computer code, you can tell the computer to do anything you want it to do!

In earning the Astro Coding Badge, your Cadets will be finding out more about two different types of code - HTML and CSS - and using them to build their very own website (for this bit of the Mission, you will need to set up a free account for your team on Codepen and make a note of the username and password).

As well as setting up an account on Codepen ready for Activity 12, we’ve also got a few other top tips to help you get started:

  • Take a look at the Activity Plans, additional documents and presentations ahead of starting the Mission with your Cadet(s).

  • If you’ve got access to a printer, be sure to print the orange HMTL and blue CSS cards double-sided. If you don’t have access to a printer, you could make the cards together! 

  • Make sure you view the presentations in 'Presenter View' this will show you all the slide notes and 'game questions'.
    Here's instructions on how to do this.

If you run into any hurdles with Mission 4, please make sure you’ve read the Activity Plans carefully. You can of course email us with any unanswered questions or concerns.

This Mission is a really exciting one, and just like learning languages at school, it’s setting your Cadet(s) up with the beginnings of a skill for life! And if figuring out a whole new language feels a bit much for this week, even watching the videos in our Astro Coding YouTube Playlist is enough to earn the Astro Coding Badge. Coding is not for everyone and that’s absolutely fine!
Give it a try - we think your Cadets will surprise you.


We loved geeking out with ISS Flight Controller Andrea Boyd (watch here) and chatting with Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency's Human Exploration Manager (watch here) last week. We’ve also had a Space Shed comms upgrade, and if you watch the Mission Broadcasts live, you can now talk directly to Jon and Mini Jon via YouTube chat!

We’ve got a fantastic guest and a Mission Broadcast special coming up this week:

Wednesday 27th May, 10am (BST)
Matt Cosby - Chief Technology Officer
at Goonhilly Earth Station
Friday 29nd May, 2pm (BST)
Bumper Showcase & Biscuit Special

As you might have noticed, we here at UNSA HQ love biscuits. And we know that lots of you love biscuits too. So as well as showcasing lots of amazing work from Cadets on Friday’s Mission Broadcast, we’ll also be dedicating some time to the brilliant biscuit. If you heard our interview with Maddie Moate on our Live From The Space Shed podcast, you’ll be familiar with The Biscuit Review, and we’ll be bringing you a special international version. Make sure you’re following us on the socials @unspaceagency for plenty of extra biscuit content this week.

And please keep sending in Cadet work and questions via email or to @unspaceagency, and we’ll do our best to feature as many as possible. No matter how big or small, we love to see them! We’ll also be virtually hanging out on the UNSA Facebook page again on Friday afternoon, straight after the Mission Broadcast. Hope to see you then to chat and celebrate the week!

Catch you next time for our penultimate Mission - Mission 5!
Javairya Khan
UNSA Mission and Communications Officer
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