The Young Scientists Journal and Lunar Mission One are excited to announce a long term educational partnership – to coincide with the launch of Lunar Mission One – which hopes to inspire young scientists, from across the globe, to think, write and collaborate about the mission through the Young Scientists Journal’s existing science communication platform.
Lunar Mission One is an exploratory robotic mission that plans to send an international robotic lander to the South Pole of the Moon – an area unexplored by previous missions. It will use innovative drilling technology to drill down to a depth of at least 20m – 10 times deeper than has ever been drilled before, to access lunar rock dating back up to 4.5 billion years and carry out scientific experiments that will provide significant new insights into the origins and evolution of the Moon and Earth.
As Public funding for these types of mission is limited, Lunar Mission Once will make use of Kickstarter crowdfunding – which includes sales of space in an innovative 21st century time capsule, which will be buried on the moon as part of the mission – to finance the mission, meaning anyone from around the world can get involved for as little as a few pounds and send something of themselves to the moon.
Throughout the mission, from research phase to launch date and beyond, there will be an educational programme, co-ordinated with the Young Scientists Journal. This will encourage participation from schoolchildren all over the world. This will present opportunities for students to drive the actual science, making decisions about many aspects of the mission itself.
Christina Astin, the journal’s mentor, says: “Young people are the most creative and innovative thinkers and Young Scientists Journal already inspires them to share their research with others. This project allows science students in every country to get involved with this exciting mission and use technology to bring us closer together. Of course there are risks and challenges associated with space exploration, but young people accept these and embrace the learning processes along the way.”
Ed Vinson, Chief Editor is in Year 13 at The King’s School Canterbury. “We already have readers, authors and editors from across the globe, and are setting up hub schools in different locations around the UK and beyond. Our team of students running the journal are very excited about being an integral part of Lunar Mission One, and hope that we can help to create and inspire a new collaboration of young scientists worldwide.”
The Journal’s Editorial Team Leader, Claire Nicholson, is an active science blogger and has published her own book. She is a student at Herts and Essex High School. She says: “Everyone loves space, cosmology and space exploration! A new mission into space is immensely exciting and we feel very privileged to be part of it.”
About Young Scientists Journal
The Young Scientists Journal is the world’s only peer review science journal run by young scientists for young scientists. The journal publishes research papers and review articles on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) both online and in print, written and edited exclusively by 12-20 year olds across the globe. 15 issues have been published since it was founded in 2006 at The King’s School Canterbury by Christina Astin and Ghazwan Butrous.
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