Meteorites land at Debden School

14th September 2018

Pupils from Kingfisher’s Class got their hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites last week during a series of science lessons which were truly out of this world.

Students were encouraged to reach for the stars and learn more about the Universe around us during a week-long interactive experience of astronomy.

Youngsters were given the unique opportunity to actually touch a piece of space rock not of this Earth as they were allowed to handle some genuine meteorites.

The lunar samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’sfirst manned space missions to the Moon. During these missions, a staggering 382kg of material was brought back to Earth – mostly for use by scientists, but small quantities are used to develop educational packs.

These rare samples were provided free of charge by the UK’s Science and TechnologyFacilities Council (STFC), which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people to get involved in science and complement classroom studies.