Mullard Space Science Laboratory

P R E S S  R E L E A S E

08 March 2004
REF: NSW2004-2

The Sky is NO Limit! - An Event for National Science Week 2004

During National Science Week 2004, the Mullard Space Science Laboratory will be hosting a three day event from the 17th to 19th March at Howard of Effingham School, Leatherhead. An exhibition and a schedule of short talks and demonstrations for schools will take place between 10.00am and 2.30pm each day.

17th March – Primary School Day, Years 3 to 6
18th March – Secondary School Day, Years 7 to 11
19th March – A level and Further Education

Talks for schools will cover topics such as: 'Our Earth and the Solar System', 'Evolution of the Universe' and 'Cosmology: The Big Bang to Black Holes'. Workshops and demonstrations will include: 'Making a star finder', 'How to use a telescope' and 'The Sun - our nearest star'.

On March 18th we will be hosting an evening lecture by Astronaut Loren W. Acton entitled, 'To Space for Science'. The talk will be held at Howard of Effingham School starting at 7.00pm. This will be suitable for all ages and admission is free. Due to the capacity of the hall, numbers will be limited. To obtain a ticket please send a stamped addressed envelope to MSSL's Outreach co-ordinator at the address below.

On Friday March 19th, MP for Mole Valley, Sir Paul Beresford will be taken on a tour of the 'Sky is NO limit!' exhibition by the director of The Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Prof. Keith Mason and Head Teacher of Howard of Effingham School, Mrs RJ Barnfield.

Throughout the three days, scientists from a variety of Space Research and Space Engineering backgrounds will be on hand to talk to about missions, science and careers in space. There will be an exhibition of space hardware from missions that MSSL has been involved, and a display of posters describing past, present and future space missions.

Schools planning to attend have been invited to participate in a poetry writing competition. Their brief is to 'Describe what you think it might be like to be on another planet'. Prizes will be awarded for the age groups 7-9 and 9-11.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Mullard Space Science Laboratory, situated at Holmbury St Mary, is the Department of Space and Climate Physics of University College London. About 120 people work on space science and space engineering. The Laboratory plays key roles in many missions of space exploration. Over 250 instruments have been launched into space to date, to study astrophysics, solar and stellar physics, plasma and planetary physics and climate physics.

2. 'The Sky is NO limit!' will take place at Howard of Effingham School, Lower Road, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT24 5JR on 17th to 19th March 2004. 'The Sky is NO limit!' is an event of National Science Week.

3. Entries for the poetry writing competition will be on display on the 17th and 18th March. Prize giving for the poetry writing competitions will take place at the talk on the evening of 18th.


C O N T A C T S:

Mullard Space Science Laboratory
University College London
Holmbury St. Mary, Dorking
Surrey, RH5 6NT

MSSL switchboard: 01483 204100
MSSL web site:


Judy Bartley - Outreach Co-ordinator: 01483 204122
Tracey Poole - NSW Event Co-ordinator: 01483 204256

Event web site: