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Meteorites Land at Rooks Heath College

Pupils from Rooks Heath College got their hands on rare samples of moon rocks and meteorites during a series of science lessons that were truly out of this world.

Students were encouraged to reach for the stars and learn more about the Universe around us during an interactive experience of astronomy.

Pupils were given the unique opportunity to actually touch a piece of space rock not of this Earth as they were allowed to handle some genuine meteorites.

These rare samples were provided free of charge by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people to get involved in science and complement classroom studies.

The samples provided by STFC included a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite. Earth itself was only formed 4.6 billion years ago.

The lunar samples were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon.  During these missions, a staggering 382kg of material was brought back to Earth – mostly for use by scientists, but small quantities are used for educational purposes.

Samples like these can tell us a great deal about the planets from which they originate, but there is still much to learn.  We hope that this will encourage students from Rooks Heath College to become the next generation of space scientists.

Ms Ul-Haq, Head of Science