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New UK Space Agency funding brings Moon base one step closer

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has awarded OU space researchers £200,000 to continue developing a one-of-a-kind construction method that could one day enable us to build on the Moon from lunar soil.

14th March 2023
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Research funding to enable a future infrared camera to support humans in space

OU researchers have been awarded £200,000 from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) to test detectors for a new infrared camera to be used to support future human space explorers.

13th March 2023
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University Mental Health Day: OU postgraduate students share their stories

One in four people in the UK will experience mental health difficulties every year. To mark University Mental Health Day (9th March 2023), the charity Student Minds' national campaign to ensure no student is held back by their mental health, four OU postgraduate research students share their experiences.

8th March 2023
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OU research finds social media users lonelier than non-users during pandemic

New research by OU academics and international colleagues finds that people across Europe, Asia, and North and South America using social media messaging apps and platforms felt lonelier than people not using them during the coronavirus pandemic.

8th March 2023
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