10 Oct 2018
STEM ambassador, Marino Saksida, the Chairman of the Association of Retired ESA Staff, UK branch, ARES UK visited The Leigh UTC school to give a presentation to mark the start of World Space Week. During three presentations to initially years 10 and 11, then years 7 and 8 from The Inspiration Academy and then post 16 students, Marino talked briefly about his career with the European Space Agency and its history. He went on to talk about reasons why students might want to look at a career within the space industry.
Marino then went on to show students a number of current ESA projects including exploration of the universe using different imaging techniques and star mapping. One surprising recent discovery is that some stars actually move between different galaxies rather than being contained to one. Students particularly enjoyed a video of a current cosmonaut preparing a meal of a wrap in zero gravity!