A group of students from Darwen Vale High School were invited to Jodrell Bank Observatory yesterday to watch the live launch of Tim Peake, the first official British Astronaut, as he launched on his flight to the International Space Station.
The students were accompanied by space mad science technician Marie Everleigh and science teacher and keen astronomer Chris Turner.
The Jodrell Bank Observatory is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes including the Lovell Telescope, which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.
The observatory runs a number of term-time education programmes offering unique learning experiences at a site of current and world-leading science research, and has previously worked with Vale on their ‘super learning days’.
The students joined other school children from the Cheshire area at this special viewing, with Year 9 student Lewis French sharing his excitement on the BBC Newsround special, viewable here.
Principal, Mrs Fiona Jack, said “We were thrilled for the students to be involved – what a fantastic opportunity for them to have been part of this historic event, and something I’m sure they will remember for many years to come.”