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Astronaut George has a day out

It isn’t very often that Astronaut George gets the chance to leave the National Space Centre......

However, last week he travelled to Matlock – to the Derbyshire County Council offices - to help launch their 'Inspire Space' event for Derbyshire schools.

Students spent the early part of the evening learning a lot of things to do with Space and astronomy. They had a number of Space related activities which included stargazing through telescopes to see if they could see any sign of the Leonids meteorite shower, which has been visible over the few days up to this last weekend. Compressed air rocket workshops were also attended by the students, together with  workshops about robots and rovers used for exploring the Solar System.

In the end, despite being a beautiful day it turned out foggy in the early evening making it difficult to see the nightime sky clearly. However, students and teachers were given a tour of the wonders of the stars and constellations of the winter night sky in our StarDome inflatable planetarium.

Astronaut George will be starting his own workshop in the new year here at the National Space Centre which will be specifically for our early years school visitors.

It will include meeting one of our Space Commanders who will tell your group all about Space suits and Astronaut George. There will be time to visit our inteactive galleries with the use of our gallery trails and the day will conclude with a planetarium show about Astronaut George's Space Adventures and a chance to meet George himself!

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