ESA Spacecraft Materials Kit

Pupils can use the ESA Spacecraft Materials Kit to experimentally investigate a variety of different materials.

Kits are rented on a termly basis and can be hired for up to 6 weeks. Only 2 kits per school at any time.

A set of five activities enables pupils to get acquainted with the properties of different materials, comparing and grouping everyday materials based on: electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, mass, magnetism, and resistance to impact. Pupils will consider which materials are best suited for different parts of a spacecraft. This resource takes ESA’s European Service Module as an example, a capsule that will power NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to the International Space Station. The European Service Module includes large tanks which hold fuel as well consumables for the astronauts: oxygen, nitrogen and water. Through this activity, pupils will be able to carry out experiments, take measurements, record data, and present their results.

 Find out more about the kit and resources here