Project team

Our project team were each asked three questions. Read and be inspired.

Sarah Brown –  Ideas Foundation

@ideasfoundation, @spacetoearthchallenge

What I love about space/sport
The challenge to the imagination and the ability to dream, and the realisation that those dreams could become reality.

What you want the challenge to achieve
Inspiring more young people to expand their horizons

Favourite image
Banx’ fantastic cartoon, drawn for us at our launch event on 9 October, showing man’s evolution to space.

Team - Sarah Brown image


Dr Lorraine Coghill – Durham University

l.s.coghill@durham.ac.uk
www.dur.ac.uk/science.outreach

What I love about space/sport
There’s so much to discover and endless inspiration.

What you want the challenge to achieve
To engage and inspire future engineers/scientists/designers/thinkers/doers

Favourite image
Any pictures showing Earth – we’re so small yet.

earth from ISS


Dr Tina Chowdhury – Queen Mary University of London

Senior Lecturer in Bioengineering, Drapers Teaching Fellow, Institute of Bioengineering, Queen Mary University of London.

@ttchowdhury
www.tinachowdhury.com
http://www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/staff/?t.t.chowdhury

What I love about space/sport
Space is wild because we never know what we are going to find out next. Every day, researchers discover something new which goes against everything we thought we knew about space and it is just awesome. Space is for the imaginative – it’s the unknown.

What you want the challenge to achieve
To be a huge success that opens the minds of both the young and the old!

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
I really liked the pictures when Rover explored Mars after its eleven year journey to the red planet https://vine.co/v/evZEZbnuPuB and then there were the photos of the fly over Pluto – amazing!

mars rover on mars


Michael Cockerham

@MCockerham

What I love about space/sport
What’s not to love about space No, Really? I would be up there like a shot given the chance, and as for sport, like art, it is the real pinnacle of human achievement: competition, excellence and cooperation.

What you want the challenge to achieve
The Space to Earth Challenge needs to achieve the seemingly impossible by going to great lengths to bring children closer together, closer to space, healthier and with a profound and lasting love for the universe we live in!

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
My favourite picture from space is the Hubble deepfield image. Just mindblowing!

Hubble deep space image


Shaun Dowling – United Learning

@ShaunD10
@UnitedSport1

What I love about space/sport
Sport has the power to bring out the best in everyone

What you want the challenge to achieve
Inspire learning across PE, science and maths

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
The image of the first moon landing

first moon landing


Edward Eldon – ee-web design

@maxelcat
www.ee-web.co.uk

What I love about space/sport 
‘Space is big, really big. You may think its a long way down to the shops but that’s just peanuts compared to space.’

What you want the challenge to achieve 
I would want everyone involved to keep in touch with their sense of awe. I think it’s good for us to feel small.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space 
I
t was lying on the ground gazing up at the stars with a pair of binoculars like these that I realised how beautiful the stars are.

old binoculars

 


Dr Simon Evetts PhD – Space Medicine Office (HSO-AM) Wyle

International Collaborations Development Manager

www.ukspacelabs.co.uk
www.space-environments.co.uk

What I love about space/sport
I chose to work in the field of human spaceflight because of the excitement of pushing the boundaries of human enterprise. As a sports scientist by profession I love the fact that exercise (sport) is an integral part of living and working in space. So I find the fact that space requires regular exercise to maintain health illustrates that whoever we are (super healthy astronaut, or 15-year-old computer whiz kid), and wherever we are (on ISS or at our desks at school), maintaining physical activity in our everyday lives is vital for a happy and healthy life.

What you want the challenge to achieve
I would like to see many more children excited and inspired by human spaceflight and/or the enjoyment of exercise and sport.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
A photo of one of my PhD subjects in parabolic flight. The joy of the weightless environment has to be one of the principal attractions of human spaceflight.

the joy of being weightless


Amanda Hayward – Creative Director – Creative Hex

What I love about space/sport
The Space to Earth Challenge is an exciting opportunity to be involved in Tim Peake’s Principia Mission whilst giving everyone the chance to improve their fitness.

What you want the challenge to achieve
To highlight all that Tim will achieve and make everyone feel involved with the Principia mission, whilst improving their personal health and fitness.

Favourite picture
Daughter’s design of a Mars rover called Biscuit, when she was 9.

mars rover biscuit


Mike Jubb

 @TriTrust
Instagram: brittritrust
www.britishtriathlontrust.org

What I love about space/sport
I’ve been involved with sport since the age of 13, competing internationally at orienteering, cross-country, road running and duathlon (run-bike-run). I now run the British Triathlon Trust and can see the positive impact that sport has on young people’s lives. The opportunity to link this with the exciting and somewhat mysterious world of space is very exciting.

What you want the challenge to achieve
We want to inspire the academic kids to get more involved with sport and the sporty kids to engage in the world of space and science

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
Growing up in the 80’s I was fascinated by the Space Shuttle and I even made an airfix model of one (very badly I hasten to add).

space shuttle at take off


Dr Helen Mason – University of Cambridge – DAMTP

@suntrektweets
www.suntrek.org

What I love about space/sport
The challenge of sport and space requires dedicated training, also team work. The rewards of both are immense. It is fantastic to engage with and encourage sport at all levels, and also with astronauts, especially our ESA/UK astronaut, Tim Peake.

What you want the challenge to achieve
To share the excitement of sport and space, and in doing so to learn more about the science and engineering behind these activities. To share the wonder of space, what we see from satellites, and from the ISS.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
I love the photos taken from the ISS looking back at the Earth, in particular the colours, the night time photos which show an aurora, what an amazing sight!!

earth from the ISS


Heather MacRae – Venture Thinking

@venturethinking
www.venturethinking.com

What I love about space/sport
I love space for its beauty and the capacity it has to bring people together. When I was a child in Canada we had the most wonderful dark skies and I remember being amazed that men had travelled to the Moon.

What you want the challenge to achieve
I want the challenge to be a fun way for schools and young people to see the connections between space, science and sport – and to be inspired by the great partners who are working on the project.

Favourite image
I love this image of the young lady in a spacesuit – space has the power to inspire young people to set their dreams amongst the stars.

child in a space suit


Prof Peter McOwan

What I love about space
It’s amazing to think it’s so big out there and so full of wonders yet to discover

What you want the challenge to achieve
Understand that maths and computing is key to space exploration it’s not just brave astronauts, but clever mathematicians and computer scientists too

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
http://www.our-space.org

screenshot of Our Space website


Chris Olley – The Mathszone

chris@themathszone.co.uk
www.hpgraphingcalc.org

www.themathszone.co.uk
@mathmancj

What I love about space/sport
I love space because I am fascinated by high tech engineering solving amazing problems. I grew up in the Apollo era when the world was exciting and scary at the same time. Now we are pushing the frontiers like the great explorers travelled the globe. Oh and it is so, so beautiful.

What you want the challenge to achieve
I hope my activities will help young people understand the maths behind the science.

apollo11-takeoff


Dr Jon Scott – Medical Projects and Technology Team Lead

Space Medicine Office (HSO-AM)

What I love about space/sport
I like space because it’s difficult.  The fact that we got there (and back), and have learned to live and work in its challenging environment, reflects many positive human traits: the desire for new knowledge and to explore, the willingness and ability to work together, and the ability to understand and solve complex problems.

What you want the challenge to achieve
I would like the Challenge to help school children better understand the importance of regular physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle and increase the number who will continue to exercise regularly after it has finished. I also hope that, through participating in the Challenge, children will learn about space and the many challenges that we have overcome to enable human spaceflight, and that this will inspire them to help us with those that we are yet to solve.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
The “Blue Marble” photograph – the first photograph of the entire Earth, taken on December 7, 1972, by the Apollo 17 crew as they left Earth’s orbit on the way to the moon.  It’s only a single photo, but it represents an enormous amount of human innovation and dedication. 

big blue marble planet earth


Dr Dalbir Singh Makh – General Practitioner, former Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games Athlete and Crowd Doctor, Space Environments Disciplines Liaison Lead for the UK Space Environments Association

What I love about space/sport 
Space is a unique environment which is both challenging and exciting.   It brings people from all walks of life together.  The achievements in Space travel have and will continue to be used to improve life on earth.  Space travel also reminds us how we can all work together to achieve great things.

What you want the challenge to achieve
I would like children to be excited about exercise and to understand the importance of being healthy.  I would also like the Challenge to inspire the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and astronauts.

Favourite image
This is one of my favourite images. This has Earth (where we live), the ISS (signifying some of the remarkable things humans have achieved in Space exploration), and the large black area of Space (which illustrates how much more there is still to discover).

earth from the ISS


Vix Southgate

@victrix75
www.vixsouthgate.co.uk

Vix Southgate is designer, author and illustrator of Yuri Gagarin – The First Spaceman and other Science-based children’s books; and the originator of CASSiE The Cosmic Hedgehog, a Space STEM mascot for primary schools.

A former Production Designer for TV and Film, she is also the UK’s World Space Week Coordination Manager, as well as the Global Communications & Media Relations Manager for World Space Week Association.

Vix is also the project manager for ‘An Evening with Apollo Astronaut, Al Worden’ in Oxford on 12th November 2015.

vix southgate image


Lydia Thornley – Lydia Thornley Design Ltd

 @lydiathornley

What I love about space / sport + What you want the challenge to achieve
Active though I am, I’m woefully-unsporty. But space? Well, for anyone who’s all about “why”, “how” and “what if”, you can stretch your imagination as far as it can possibly go and it still won’t touch the sides. So I love the idea of using space to inspire people to have a go at sport.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
When I was a kid, on a clear Summer night my dad would put deckchairs out in the garden and we’d all sit out with a cup of tea to enjoy the stars.

a deckchair


John Vickers – Managing Director – Blue Abyss Diving Ltd

@blueabyssdiving
www.blueabyss.uk

What I love about space/sport
I am fascinated by exploration – from our oceans to the land and beyond into space.  Exploration is what helps drive mankind onwards.

What you want the challenge to achieve
Helping young people link our marine planet to the excitement of preparing to go into space.

What is your favourite picture or object related to space
Buzz Aldrin quote: – see picture

my favourite thing to do on this planet is scuba dive

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