Hartlepool pupils get a taste of space

SUIT UP: Keaton Bentham, from Manor Community Academy, tries on a space suit.
SUIT UP: Keaton Bentham, from Manor Community Academy, tries on a space suit.
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Hartlepool schoolchildren got a taste of life as an astronaut at a boot camp at Teesside University.

Pupils from Manor Community Academy were among the Year 8 and 9 children to attend the Mission X event, hosted by the UK Space Agency.

The pupils were exposed to the extreme cold of space in the university’s environmental chamber and experienced weightlessness in the state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool.

They also tried their hand at rocket building, tasted freeze-dried space food and donned a real space suit.

Jeremy Curtis, head of education for the UK Space Agency, said: “Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success, and Mission X provides an exciting opportunity for UK students to learn from them and boost their health, fitness and science education.”

Mission X is a free nationwide initiative that runs until the end of March and provides students with information about the science and technology behind space exploration.

If your school would like to get involved, email heather@venturethinking.com.