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Moon rocks land at school

Looking at the moon. Durham High School for Girls pupils left to right; Lucy Walker, 15, Lucy Roberts and Hollie Bell, both 14, with samples of moon rock.

Looking at the moon. Durham High School for Girls pupils left to right; Lucy Walker, 15, Lucy Roberts and Hollie Bell, both 14, with samples of moon rock.

A COLLECTION of rocks from the moon and outer space landed at a Durham City school.

Pupils at Durham High School for Girls were able to study the rocks and pieces of meteorite, some of which are billions of years old. The lunar samples were collected in the 1960s and 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions.

Most of the 328kg of lunar material brought back was used for scientific research, but small quantities were reserved for education packs, of which there are only three in the United Kingdom.

Head of Physics, Dr Neil Alvey, said: “I’m not sure if priceless is the right word, but the samples are certainly irreplaceable.

“There is a genuine wow factor from most of the girls when they get to handle something from space that is nearly as old as the earth itself.”

The loan was arranged jointly by NASA in the USA and the Science and Technology Facilities Council in this country.

 

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