*Achieve your DofE Gold with Mission Discovery residential package

*There is no selection process. Mission Discovery works off a first-come, first-serve basis to all UK and International students between the ages of 14-18.

Mission Discovery @ King's College London,
9th - 13th July, 2018

ISSET’s Mission Discovery Summer School programme is a great opportunity for ordinary students to do something extraordinary.

UK and international students from ages 14 - 18 get to work with NASA Astronauts, rocket scientists and NASA personnel for a week.

In teams, students will propose an idea for their own science experiment; the best idea will be launched into space and carried out by Astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

We take over 200 students a year, broken up into teams of 6-8. We team people according to age and try to achieve an equal gender split per team. You can request to be in the same team as another student (please send us an email prior to the programme).

With help from brilliant Astronauts, NASA role models, Astronaut trainers, NASA personnel, scientists and engineers; students will learn about space and STEM through a variety of exhilarating hands-on activities, based on themes such as:

  • NASA leadership and team building
  • How space exploration benefits life on Earth
  • Experiencing the environment of space
  • Looking at different kinds of experiment and what makes them great
  • How you succeed in your dreams and ambitions

Read more about Mission Discovery here.

The cost for the programme is £450. Limited spaces are also available for a residential place, which is advised for those based outside of London. The Residential package is an additional £500; covering accommodation, meals and 24-hour supervision. The Residential package begins from 17:00 on Sunday 8th July, a day before the programme.

*Achieve your DofE Gold with Mission Discovery residential package

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The Team

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Dr. Michael Foale CBE

NASA Astronaut & ISS Commander

Mike was the first British-born NASA Astronaut and has been into space on 6 missions. His experience includes; being Commander of the International Space Station, bringing the Hubble Space Telescope back to life and having a major role in saving the Russian ‘Mir’ Space Station as it tumbled out of control around the Earth, following the only collision in outer-space. He has had a range of senior roles in NASA that include having been the Deputy Administrator at NASA HQ, Chief of the Astronaut Office Expedition Corps and Assistant Director of the Johnson Space Centre. Mike held the record for the number of days spent in space.

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Sarah Murray

NASA’s Mission Support & Partnership Councils Executive

Sarah is the Council Executive for NASA’s Mission Support Council & Partnership Council at NASA HQ. Working with NASA’s Deputy Administrator and Deputy Associate Administrator, she is responsible for facilitating NASA’s governance process across NASA centres throughout the US. She has also served as Assistant Division Chief for EVA, Robotics and Crew Systems where she was responsible for the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory Space Walking training facility. She has held roles in Astronaut Training and Mission Control. She has been Deputy Chief of Space Flight Training Management where she was the Chair of the International Training Control Board, responsible for training astronauts and cosmonauts.

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Dr. Julie Keeble

Lecturer of Pharmacology

Julie is a lecturer in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s and is a jointly affiliated with of the Centre for Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of sensory nerves, pain, inflammation and thermoregulation. Julie is also ISSET’s Chief Scientist and is responsible for ensuring that all winning Mission Discovery experiments are launched to the International Space Station.

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Prof. Steve Harridge

Professor of Human & Applied Physiology

Steve is Professor of Human & Applied Physiology and Director of the Centre of Human and Aerospace Physiological Sciences, at King's College London.

His research interest is human skeletal muscle function and plasticity, particularly with regard to ageing.

Steve is also Director of the MSc in Human & Applied Physiology and Co-Director of the MSc in Aviation Medicine.

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Chris Barber

ISSET Founder & Director

Founder of the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET).

ISSET has been developed to be the UK’s most exciting space educational organization, running programs in the UK, USA, China, Arctic and India.

Chris has had extensive careers in both finance and education. He is also a Leadership and Organizational Improvement Consultant.

Residential Package

If you are based outside of London, we offer an optional residential package for an extra fee of £500. This includes meals, accommodation, chaperones and activities for the week. Residential students will be staying in Moonraker Point Residence in Southwark (King’s College, London student accommodation), just a 5 minute walk from the lecture theatre we will be using for Mission Discovery. Students will be able to arrive the Sunday prior to the start of the programme.

The address is: 1-230 Moonraker Point, Pocock Street, London, SE1 0FN

Tube: Southwark (Jubilee line), London Bridge (Northern line)

Rail: London Bridge, Waterloo

These are single rooms in single sex flats of 6, each equipped with their own kitchen, stocked with continental breakfast. Mission Discovery’s evening mentors will take care of all evening meals out and activities. Students are not allowed to leave campus with out supervision.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

A DofE residential will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s. If you're going for a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, you are required to complete a residential section, spending five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. With the Mission Discovery Summer School Residential Package, you can tick all of these boxes and receive a DofE Gold Award.

Location - King's College London

King’s College, London is one of the top 25 universities in the world and the fourth oldest in England. A research led university based in the heart of London, King’s has nearly 27,600 students from 150 countries.

King’s has one of the largest Medical Schools in Europe and is one of the leading research Universities for biomedical research. It offers degrees in medicine and a wide range of biomedical sciences.

The Guy’s Campus at King’s combines a historic campus environment with state of the art research facilities.

Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences (CHAPS)

CHAPS is focused on human physiology its adaptation in health and disease. CHAPS is staffed by biomedical scientists who specialise in skeletal muscle, ageing, development, exercise, pain, rehabilitationand the physiology of novel and extreme environments.


Mission Discovery Kings College, 9th - 13th July 2018 Sign Up

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You must be between the ages of 14 and 18 to take part in Mission Discovery




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Residential students will be staying at Moonraker Point Residence or equivalent accommodation.

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