Students set for space adventure

NRHNpl120312e1'John Flamsteed Community School pupils are all smiles after being selected to go on the Russia trip of a lifetime.
NRHNpl120312e1'John Flamsteed Community School pupils are all smiles after being selected to go on the Russia trip of a lifetime.

A GROUP of budding astronomers are on a fundraising mission to embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

The 12 pupils at the school are busy holding raffles, quiz nights and concerts to raise enough money to see the working of the Russian space program first hand.

View of Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia moments before the Soyuz TMA-18 docks to the International Space Station on Sunday, April 4, 2010.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

View of Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia moments before the Soyuz TMA-18 docks to the International Space Station on Sunday, April 4, 2010. Photo Credit: (NASA/Carla Cioffi)

Flamsteed, named after Britain’s first royal astronomer, is sending a dozen teens to the Moscow suburb of Koralev, to meet with a real life cosmonaut, take a tour of mission control and listen to a series of lectures by top space experts at the Russian Space Mission Control Centre.

Science and astronomy teacher at the Denby school Phil Addis has helped organise the trip alongside the East Midlands Regional Partnership (EMRP)

He said: “The opportunity to go and see mission control and meet with cosmonauts, it’s a fantastic experience.

“Also it’s such a mind blowing experience to go to Russia for a week.”

The lucky 12 had attended a series of space master classes, organised by the EMRP, and had to undergo a tough selection process to get a spot on the trip. But their Russian adventure in June will cost a hefty £1,250 each.

If you have any fundraising suggestions for the space mission, contact the school on 01332 880260.