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Edition No. 169

Date:- 25 September 2004

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UK Events World Space Week 2004

WITH thanks to UK SEDS we bring you the events for this years Space Wek.
Monday 4 October 
6th Form Lecture Day - Current Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics.  A series of four inspiring lectures by scientists at the forefront of current research. Programme includes:- Dr. Robin Catchpole, University of Cambridge 's Institute of Astronomy on, The Universe Unveiled and Dr. Jim Collett, University of Hertfordshire on, Decoding messages from Space . 
Where:- Bletchley Park , Milton Keynes
Who:- A-level students of physics and related subjects
Cost:- £10 per student including lunch
Contact:- 01908 377519 

Space Exploration - The Early Years of Aviation and Rocket Development.  The second in a series of eight lectures on how the exploration of space developed, how mankind originally reached the Moon and explored the Solar System, presented by Jerry Stone FBIS.
Where:- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield campus
When:- 7-9 pm
Who:- Anyone interested in space exploration
Cost:- £75 for all eight lectures
Contact:- Bob Forrest, University of Hertforshire Observatory ( 
or Jerry Stone (

Tuesday 5 October

Key Stage 2 Space Discovery Day - The Earth, Moon and Stars. Activities with the National Space Centre and The Open University. A mobile planetarium, hands-on rocket launching and a rare chance to come face to face with some genuine moon rocks and meteorites from Mars. A Beagle 2 model will also be on display. A fun day that will cover National Curriculum topics. 
Where:- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Who:- Year 5 and 6 pupils
Cost:- £5 per pupil
Contact:- 01908 377519 

Wednesday 6 October

GCSE Science - Space As We Know It.  Talks and demonstrations designed to enthral GCSE students delivered by Cambridge University Astrophysicists on the solar system and current research; local astronomer, Sheridan Williams on solar eclipses; and Dr. Chris Riley, producer of BBC1's next science epic Space Odyssey (due to be aired in November) on the making of the programme. Props from Space Odyssey will also be on display.
Where:- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Who:- GCSE Science pupils
Cost:- £5 per pupil
Contact:- 01908 377519 

Thursday 7 October

Key Stage 3 Technology Day - Mission to Mars - Build Your Own Mars Rover.  Using basic classroom materials, students will design and build their very own planetary rovers then test them on Bletchley Park 's own Martian landscape.
Where:- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Who:- Year 8 and 9 technology students
Cost:- £6 per pupil
Contact:- 01908 377519 

Friday 8 October
INSET Day - Key Stage 2/3 Space Education.  Anita Heward, Director of the British Festival of Space, will lead a day packed with information and hands-on ideas for seaching The Earth, Sun and Moon . Anita will highlight areas of current UK space research that 7-14 years olds will find exciting and provide information on how and where to access resources. 
Where:- Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes
Who:- KS 2 and 3 science teachers and science co-ordinators 
Cost:- £100 including lunch and a free adult ticket to Bletchley Park
Contact:- 01908 377519 

EMC4:- 4 th European Mars Society Conference. 
Main guest speaker:- Dr. Robert Zubrin, Founder and International President of the Mars Society. Other speakers include:- o Dr. Andrew Ball, Principal Investigator, Mars, Phobos and Deimos Survey Proposal o Dr. Kevin Fong, Chairman, UK Space Biomedical Research & Education Advisory Committee.
When:- October 8-9 
Where:- Open University, Milton Keynes
Who:- Mars Society UK members and anyone interested in Mars

Café Scientifique - Space
Where:- Settle, North Yorkshire 
When:- 7.30 pm for 8.00 pmWho:- Anyone interested in space
Cost:- £4.50 per person 

Friday 15 October
Meet Michael Foale, British-born astronaut Michael Foale will giving an illustrated presentation about his career in space and answering your questions about what it is like to live and work on the International Space Station. 
When:- 3.30 - 5.00 p.m. 
Where:- National Space Centre, Leicester
Who:- Anyone interested in space
Cost:- FREE event but places are limited (Book in advance on 0116 2582111) 
If you want to know more visit


DOZENS of extra street crime wardens could hit Liverpool's streets if Liverpool City Council approves a massive cash boost.

The council's executive board is being asked to approve funding increases for street wardens next week, taking levels to £500,000 next year and a massive £1 million in each of the two years after.

The current amount of funding is around £100,000 per year through the government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund. 

The cash injection will mean a huge increase in the number of wardens, who have operational links to the police and are able to tackle street crime and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Richard Marbrow, Liverpool City Council's executive member for community safety, said:- "These proposals show we are getting tough on crime, anti-social behaviour and yob culture by putting more people on the street to deal with it.

The new wardens will be highly visible and will work closely with the police. This will be a great reassurance to anyone who is concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood."

The new proposals mean the number of more powerful street crime wardens will increase from its current level of 14, and they will be spread right across the city under the control of the city council.

The existing neighbourhood wardens will be maintained, but they will be managed by registered social landlords and co-operatives, with help from the council's neighbourhood managers.

The increase in funding to pay for the new street crime wardens will come from central government's Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

Lord Nelson Faces New Trafalgar

SOUTHAMPTON based charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust, is playing a vital part in next year's SeaBritain 2005. The charity's tall ship the Lord Nelson was among the chosen to play a starring role in the Trafalgar bicentenary commemorations. 

As part of The Trafalgar Festival 2005, the ship will deliver The New Trafalgar Dispatch to Spain, France and England. This historic 35-day assignment, divided into two voyages, starts from Portsmouth on 2nd July 2005 at the height of the International Festival of the Sea. It includes official visits to Cádiz, Brest and Falmouth, where there will be important presentation ceremonies.

The New Trafalgar Dispatch is a symbolic re-creation of the dramatic delivery of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood's famous dispatch bearing the first news of the British victory off Cape Trafalgar and the death of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson. 

The charity's Chief Executive, Amanda Butcher said:- "It is fitting that the Lord Nelson delivers such important messages. As one of Britain's most important historical figures, Vice Admiral Lord Nelson is still a source of inspiration." 

The famous ship will also be joining the Thames Flotilla, a recreation of Lord Nelson's funeral procession. She will join replica barges and cutters together with a plethora of other vessels in an attempt to create a new world-record for the number of vessels on the Thames.

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