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UK Astronaut to visit North East Schools
A UK astronaut will visit the region next month to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Astrophysicist Michael Foale OBE will meet pupils from North-East schools in five school sessions, and speak at a public event.
Dr Foale is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of six space shuttle missions. He served as Commander of the International Space Station for six months and had a major role in saving the Russian Mir Space Station following a collision in the 1990s.
His visit to the North-East is part of the Space Camp UK project, which is aimed at linking space science to the wider school curriculum. Thirty-five North-East primary schools are taking part in the project, working with Durham University’s Science Outreach Team, and supported by Business Durham, The Shine Trust, The Stephen Hawking Foundation and The Ogden Trust.
Dr Lorraine Coghill, Ogden Science Outreach Coordinator at Durham University, said: “Michael Foale is an inspiring individual with a remarkable career at NASA behind him; and the work he is doing now to develop green aviation technology is just as important. We’re very excited to be bringing him to the North East.
“Since we launched the Space Camp UK project in the North East last year, the response from primary schools has been fantastic. So many teachers have grasped the opportunity to use the interest that many children have in Outer Space to enhance teaching right across the curriculum.”
Dr Foales visit was featured in the Northern Echo.