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Chris Darby

Rockets, Space missions and things that go bang just when you think it is safe to relax!

Whilst trying to select photos for this website that show all of the exciting things we offer to visiting school groups, it made me realise what a great job I have.

In these past couple of weeks I've been to Mars on a simulated space mission in the Challenger Learning Centre, made and fired compressed air rockets and even built an eight-position compressed air rocket launcher!


Not everyday tasks, but when a school needs the team to fire 80 rockets in just one hour, then I have to go back to engineering. I'll let you know how it goes when I recover.

Charlie and I have been working on a new workshop which is very CSI, so if you fancy a forensic look at Space Rocks it will soon be available to all schools.

We are putting together the final preparations for the half term public presentations – all about the possibility of alien life on other planets. I think we are going to look pretty cool in the MIB dark glasses.

So there you have it, a typical week in the life of the Education Manager at the National Space Centre. I really do have the best job in the Universe don't I.

From our Blog:

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!

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Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

Blast off on one of our specatacular space missions!

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