Portsmouth University, TBC


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

Secondary school students from ages 14 - 18 (Year groups 9 - 13) carry out scientific research with NASA Astronauts, rocket scientists and NASA personnel for a week. Mission Discovery works off a first-come first-serve basis. There is no selection process, giving everyone equal opportunity to get involved.

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

With help from brilliant NASA role models, Astronauts, 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





The Team

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Mike Foale

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 & 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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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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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.