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North Yorkshire students embark on school trip of a lifetime

North Yorkshire students embark on school trip of a lifetime

Published at 4:13pm 28th January 2019. (Updated at 10:06am 29th January 2019)

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Students at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate were taken on the school trip of a lifetime last term as they were granted access to NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

The school took 20 students for a five-day 'Mission to Mars' course at the Space Centre University, experiencing the science behind NASA's space exploration projects

The students were given a number of challenges and tasks, including:

  • Building and testing model rockets
  • Investigating aqua robotics
  • Building and coding rovers for exploration
  • Designing models of a potential martian habitat 
QE Mission to Mars trip, Mission control room, Texas
The students were granted access to the mission control room, where NASA controls space flights from launch

The Space Centre took the students on a tour of the facilities, introducing them to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and a Saturn V rocket, which were used on the famous Apollo space programmes.

The tour also included a view of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, where astronauts complete their zero gravity training.

The students then finished the week with presentations from Jennifer Turner, an ISS CRONUS flight controller, and Dr John-David F Bartoe, a retired astronaut.

QE Mission to Mars, Neutral Buoyancy Lab, Texas
The Neutral Buoyancy Lab allows astronauts to simulate zero gravity and prepare for space missions 

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