Youngsters enjoy a science lesson that is out of this world

Irreplaceable lunar samples dating back to the dawn of our solar system landed at Milford Primary School last week.

The fascinating collection was loaned to teachers by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and we thought the visit was more than worthy of being the subject of the first of our new season of Belper News school reports.

As part of the visit students were able to enjoy an interactive experience of hand-sized meteorites, enabling them to touch a real space object.

Also included in the educational pack was a 1.2 billion year old piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion year old nickel meteorite – which officials from the council say is the “oldest object students will ever hold” as the solar system is only 4.6 billion years old.

The samples were kept at the school from Monday October 15 to October 19 but the News were asked that no coverage appear in the media until they were returned to the council.

They were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon. A massive 382kg of lunar material was brought back to Earth -– mostly for use by scientists, but small quantities are used to develop educational packages.

STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Professor John Womersley said: “It’s an unforgettable experience to be able to hold such an important part of science history that has made such an incredible journey over millions of miles to reach us – and one we hope will inspire the scientists of the future!”

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