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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Mars Day 2022, our most recent virtual event adventure for everyone presented by the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK), STEM Learning and in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency, was a huge success.


On Monday 14 March, tens of thousands joined in the mission and beamed in for an array of live link-ups, activities, talks and fireside chats from national and international space VIPs.

MARS DAY 2023

Our next mission to Mars (Day) will land in March 2023

Flight plans are being drawn up for the next mission  – including a whole hour of activities in Mars Hour at 11am plus a week of exploration with Mars Week 2023. 

Keep looking up – or follow ESERO-UK on Twitter (@ESERO_UK) and Facebook (@ESEROUK) – for the launch of the exact date. Then you can start planning your own mission to Mars next year!

FOR ONE STARRY (MARS) DAY THE 2022 MISSION:

Mars hour icon   hosted more virtual speaker stars than before from ESA, NASA’s Perseverance team and the UK Space Agency

Mars hour icon   ran a Mars Hour at 11am full of activities and resources for schools

Mars hour icon   starred hidden heroes of the UK space industry revealing their journeys from studying STEM subjects to participating in space missions here on Earth

Mars hour icon   highlighted the history of the exploration of Mars and it’s unique part played in science fiction over the centuries

Mars hour icon  explored Mars over the week with nationwide partners in the space industry, science centres and universities offering out-of-this-world events and sessions during Mars Week.

Mission crew landed on their favourite Mars topic, booked for a session or two, or joined in for the whole day! Some embarked on a solo mission, some joined with friends, family or their class at school…all booked in advance for their own Mars Day Mission!

Luke Jeram instalation of Mars in Hintze Hall, January 2021- Image credit - Trustees of the Natural History Museum
TMA-19M Launch with Tim Peake -Image credit- ESA –Stephane Corvaja, 2015
Mars satelite 2022
TMA-19M Launch with Tim Peake -Image credit- ESA –Stephane Corvaja, 2015
 ‘Was there life on mars?’ UK scientists play key part in NASA mission to Red Planet - Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

We had a sky full of guest speakers and stars

Mars Day 2022 had an unbelievable line-up on board with sessions throughout the day from our speaker crew. We explored Mars – and beyond!

Dr Imber is a space plasma physicist, a high altitude mountaineer, an explorer, and maybe one day, an astronaut!
Mars rover 2022
Mars rover driver Sophia Mitchell at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Image Credits- NASA-JPL-Caltech
ESA's Solar Orbiter mission will face the Sun from within the orbit of Mercury at its closest approach - Image credit - ESA-ATG medialab
Dallas Campbell

Space & STEM panel sessions for schools

Mars Day 2022 starred hidden heroes of the UK space industry revealing their missions and adventures.

Four specific sessions, Science in Space, Technology in Space, Engineering in Space and – yep you’ve guessed it – Maths in Space, featured Patrons and Panelists including STEM Ambassadors working in space projects across the vast UK space industry.


Students discovered ways to participate in space missions here on Earth; heard about the panel’s journey from studying STEM subjects to becoming a member of a thriving UK space industry; were inspired by the contribution being made to international space exploration.

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Flight plans are being drawn up for the next mission next March  – including a whole hour of activities in Mars Hour at 11am plus a week of exploration with Mars Week 2023. 

The stardate is not set yet. We will announce further news on the next mission later so follow ESERO-UK on Twitter (@ESERO_UK) and Facebook (@ESEROUK) for the latest.

We can’t wait to explore Mars with you!

From the Mission Control team at ESERO-UK: over and out

Mars Day is an official event run by the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK),
funded by the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

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Images courtesy of: ESA –Stephane Corvaja – 2015, NASA-Bill Ingalls, NASA-Carla Cioffi, NASA-Joel Kowsky, NASA – JPL-Caltech, NASA-JPL-Caltech-USGS