Issued: January 13, 2016
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West Hatch High School students get to grips with the Moon
Exciting and rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, when students enjoyed a unique, interactive experience of astronomy during their science lessons.
Highlights included getting up close to hand-sized meteorites enabling the students to touch a real piece of space.
Included in the collection was a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite. The solar system is 4.6 billion years old.
Science teacher Phillip Peters organised the fantastic opportunity which coincided with Year 7 and Year 8 students' study of space, astronomy and the Moon.
As well as Year 7 and 8 students getting the opportunity to see the samples, students and staff could also attend after-school sessions to get an even closer look of the moon rocks and meteorites.
The samples, provided by the UKâ€™s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), were collected during the later 1960s and 1970s during some of NASAâ€™s first manned space missions.
Professor John Womersley, STFCâ€™s Chief Executive Officer, said: "This is a great opportunity for young people to be able to see, touch and really experience such important and exciting messengers from space - turning science fiction into science fact.â€