Mission Discovery, Sydney, Australia TBC

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) presents Mission Discovery. An international programme, providing the opportunity for students to learn and work directly with astronauts, rocket scientists, and NASA leaders. During the five-day programme, students spend time learning from the specialised Mission Discovery team with the aim to design an experiment to be launched into space. The winning experiment will be performed aboard the International Space Station.

With assistance from astronauts, 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

Mission Discovery is in its fifth year and has been led by multiple astronauts, including space hero and record-breaking astronaut Michael Foale along with astronauts Scott Kelly who has just returned after spending a year in space.

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The Team

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Mike Foale

NASA Astronaut & ISS Commander

Mission Discovery's VIP astronaut, Mike Foale heads up the Mission Discovery Sydney team.

Mike is the most experienced British born astronaut in the history of human space travel having flown on 6 Space Shuttle missions, a Soyuz and commanded the International Space Stations.

He was the first Briton to perform a spacewalk, during which he saved the Hubble Space Telescope.

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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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James Tour

Award-Winning Nanotechnologist

Dr James M. Tour is a synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology.

Dr. Tour is the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Chris Barber

Space Educationalist

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.