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Mission: Starlight (UV protection)

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Presented By The Royal Society of Chemistry
Goal Investigate materials which can block UV light for use in space.
Task Quantify the ability of different materials to block UV light.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Your mission is to protect astronauts from the effects of harmful UV light. Experiment with different materials to discover which blocks UV light the best. Tell us about your results to receive a mission completion certificates and to unlock a secret video featuring British astronaut Tim Peake.
This global experiment will remain open so you can take part anytime.

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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home
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Tags global experiment, royal chemistry society, sunblock, sunburn, suncreams, sun protection factor, titanium dioxide, ultraviolet, uv colour changing bead, uv light, zinc oxides
Project Updated 05/23/2018