Our Y7 boys enjoyed a fascinating trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester on Friday 22 November.
The boys, who have been studying ‘Earth and Space’ in science this term, visited the Space Centre’s 42-metre high rocket tower to see first-hand the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets, as well as the Gagarin Experience, Apollo Lunar Lander and real Moon Rock.
The boys came face to face with astronauts and spacesuits, and experienced what it is like on the International Space Station when they walked through a mock-up of the Columbus Module. Important questions were also answered, such as ‘how do you go to the toilet in space?’
They took in an immersive full-dome show in the UK’s largest Planetarium: The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. There they discovered how satellites in space make a real difference to our lives – from satellite navigation, weather forecasting, emergency disaster warnings, and understanding the changes to our fragile planet.
In the solar system gallery, the boys stopped off at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They discovered the science behind the search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), took a trip through a wormhole, watched the Big Bang and much, much more. It truly was an inspiring, educational, fun-filled and action-packed day.