Hello Team Leaders,

Welcome to your first Mission as part of The Astro Science Challenge: LIVE! Thanks for joining us at UNSA in recruiting and training the scientists and space explorers of the future.

As Team Leader, there are three things we would love you to do this week - we’ll explain them all in more detail below. We promise they won’t take long!

  1. Start Mission 0 by downloading the Astro Science Challenge app
    (download links for the App Store and our desktop version below)
    Android users see note*
  2. Subscribe to our YouTube channel, ahead of our live broadcasts
  3. Read (or re-read) the How To Do The Astro Science Challenge document


or visit our desktop version
*A note to all our Android-operating Team Leaders: we are currently awaiting the all-clear to launch the new Android version of the app, which will be available very soon. We will notify you via email as soon as this is ready. Please don't try to download the app currently in Google Play, as this is an older version - for now, please use the desktop app.


Once you’ve downloaded the Astro Science Challenge app (from the App Store or instead using our desktop version), you’ll be able to start your very first UNSA Mission. This first Mission - Mission 0 - is super easy, and is a chance for you and your team of Cadets to get familiar with the app, and how it works. Through the app, you’ll sign yourself up as an official UNSA Team Leader, and your children as Cadets. 

Use this Mission, its Resources (which you’ll find on the Team Leader Resources page) and the How To Do The Astro Science Challenge document, as a chance to have a play and start to figure out what works best for you in using the Astro Science Challenge: LIVE! as part of your home learning routine. Go at whatever pace feels best for you; don’t stress about it; don’t worry about “getting it wrong” - you can use the app however you and your children get the most enjoyment from it.

At UNSA HQ, we’ll be working through the Missions on a weekly basis, starting a new one every Monday.

And starting from this Wednesday, 29 April, we’ll be doing two live broadcasts each week via the UNSA YouTube channel. Our Director of Human Spaceflight Operations, Jon Spooner, will be coming to you direct from our HQ, The Space Shed - alongside his sidekick, Mini Jon.

Wednesdays at 10am (BST) are our Q&A sessions. Jon and a special expert guest will be answering any questions from Team Leaders about that week’s Mission. You can send your questions via email or to any of our social media channels - Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

On Fridays at 2pm (BST), we’ll be rounding off the week with a showcase of our favourite work sent in by Cadets. There will also be chances to win exclusive UNSA merch, as well as games, competitions and even more special guests. 

We can’t wait to hear how you and your Cadets progress through the Missions. And if you can’t join us live - don’t worry. All of the broadcasts will live permanently on our YouTube channel, so you can watch or rewatch whenever you like. On our channel, you’ll also find video resources for each Mission, including the intro videos and exclusive content from our Mission partners.

If you’re feeling unsure about any element of the Astro Science Challenge: LIVE!, answers to a lot of initial questions can be found in the How To Do The Astro Science Challenge document and in the FAQ section on our website. If you can’t find what you need there, the UNSA team are also standing by to help in any way we can - whether that’s over email (, on social media (we’re @unspacegency everywhere) or through the live shows. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Good luck and have fun!

Javairya Khan
UNSA Mission and Communications Officer

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