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British-led mission to moon’s south pole to kickstart new generation of lunar exploration

British-led mission to moon’s south pole to kickstart new generation of lunar exploration Copyrighted image Credit: Chad Baker/NASA New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Nov 2014
There are many reasons to be excited by the Lunar Mission One; Dr Mahesh Anand outlines why the project is unique. 

The people's project: The idea behind Lunar Mission One

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The people's project: The idea behind Lunar Mission One Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Dr Mahesh Anand discusses how Lunar Mission One will not only go to the moon but will take the people along with it.

Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone

Lunar Mission One: A Moon mission for everyone Creative commons image Credit: Aleksander Markin under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Find out about the most exciting Moon mission since the Apollo landings and discover how you can get involved. 

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime

Why Rosetta is the greatest space mission of our lifetime Copyrighted image Credit: ESA
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Nov 2014
The Rosetta mission is just what's needed to inspire future astronauts and space scientists, writes Dr Natalie Starkey. 

Rosetta mission: The landing

Rosetta mission: The landing Copyrighted image Credit: Spacecraft: ESA–J. Huart, 2014; Comet image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Updated 22 Oct 2014
On the 12th November 2014 the Philae lander is expected to detach itself from the Rosetta spacecraft and land on comet 67P/Churyumov...

Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name

Historical comet-landing site is looking for a name Creative commons image Credit: Cristiano Oliveira under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence
Updated 22 Oct 2014
Just as Rosetta is named for the Rosetta Stone, the comet-landing site is also looking for a name that will resonate through history.

Rosetta and Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails

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Rosetta and  Philae – Fabulous fables and tales of tails Copyrighted image Credit: European Space Agency/ESA
Updated 14 Oct 2014
On the 12th November 2014, Rosetta's Philae lander will attempt to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. We take a look at the history of comets.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Recreate an avalanche, dust storm, flood or tornado in the comfort of your own home by watching these short videos investigating extreme weather.

Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes

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Wild Weather Kitchen Experiments: Tornadoes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2014
Simulate a tornado by watching this short instructional video and understand how this violent whirldwind forms.

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Describing motion along a line

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Describing motion along a line Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Motion is vital to life, and to science. This unit will help you to understand why classical motion is probably the most fundamental part of...

Galaxies, stars and planets

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit is a general introduction to galaxies, stars and planets, including scale of the universe from the very large to the very small; orbits...

The Moon

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Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
As the only planetary body everyone is familiar with seeing in the sky, the Moon has long been an object of fascination and speculation. This unit...

The evolving Universe

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Mar 2012
The ‘Big Bang’ is said to be the origin of our Universe. This unit will help you to comprehend what happened in the moments immediately after the...

Motion under gravity

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
From the moment that Galileo dropped two cannonballs of different sizes and weights from the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa mankind has been...

The Big Bang

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
‘This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.’ (T.S. Eliot) But how about the way the world begins? Was this the biggest bang of...

Jupiter and its moons

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

The Sun

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 06 Jun 2011
The sun dominates our lives by defining our day, but how much do you know and understand about it? This unit will help you to explore the workings...

Comparing stars

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 02 Jun 2011
Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the...

The restless Universe

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 May 2011
The restless Universe introduces you to major achievements and figures in the history of physics, from Copernicus to Einstein and beyond. The route...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and Physics

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
This degree covers an equal amount of topics in mathematics and science, specialising in applied mathematics and physics at Level 2 and Level 3....

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...

Essential mathematics 1

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Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This introductory university-level mathematics module covers key topics including calculus, vectors, matrices, sequences and functions, and assumes...