ISSETInternational Space School Educational Trust
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Through collaboration with ISSET, NASA, and a number of important American academic institutions, our PhD students have the opportunity to explore the unknown opportunities that space, and the ISS itself presents.
Dr Julie Keeble, chief scientist at ISSET, said the opportunity to send research into space is so unique.
ISSET director Chris Barber said: "Mission Discovery gives ordinary young people the chance to do something extraordinary.
ISSET organises programmes ranging from summer schools to teacher development, space education camps and astronaut leadership expeditions.
It was a monumental effort from the staff involved and ISSET to make this trip a possibility for primary-age children.
Proposals for the academy are based on the lead that ISSET has established through its strong links with NASA.
Chris Barber, of ISSET, said: "Young people know there are opportunities but young people from deprived communities believe those opportunities are for somebody else.
Chris Barber, director of ISSET, who took the pupils on the two-week trip to America, said: ``They all enjoyed talking to Rick and I think he really inspired them.
Speaking about the competition, Chris Barber of ISSET said: ``This is the biggest school prize around and the opportunity of a lifetime for two students and a t eache r.
To enter, two students need to produce a report on one of seven space questions listed on the ISSET website at www.
Mark also visited Bishop of Llandaff Church in Wales High School and the University of Glamorgan, Treforest, where he met the winners of an ISSET competition.
Chris Barber, of ISSET, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet the people working on real space missions.