National Space Centre Visit


National Space Centre

A group of Year 8 Blackburn Central High School students spent a fantastic day at the National Space Centre in Leicester last week.

The National Space Centre is a museum and educational resource covering the fields of space science and astronomy, along with a space research programme in partnership with the University of Leicester.

Our students got to see one of only three Soyuz spacecraft in the West; a Russian manned space vehicle that flew between 1967 and 1971, designed to carry three cosmonauts into low Earth orbit.

They also saw the Blue Streak and PGM-17 Thor rockets, on permanent display in a specially designed rocket tower.

The centre has six interactive galleries of exhibits and visitor activities covering space flight, astronomy and cosmology.

The attraction also includes a Digistar 3 dome cinema and planetarium, the largest in the UK; where our students had a breath taking experience – transported inside the human body and then into outer space to get a feeling of what it’s like to work on a space station.

During a Mars Rover workshop BCHS students programmed a robot to land on the surface of Mars, navigate terrain and collect scientific evidence. Our students were crowned the champions of the programming workshop after beating other schools to first place.

Finally the students tried out some of the exciting ride simulators before they had to head home for the day.

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