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Space – so what? Physics students attend inspirational lectures at Cavendish Laboratory

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A group of Physics A level students attended a lecture by Anu Ojha, Director of the National Space Academy at the National Space Centre. Anu addressed some tricky issues: What difference has space science and technology made to our everyday lives? Has it really been worth all of the money spent? Could space science save us from the mass extinction of life on Earth? And what will British astronaut Tim Peake be doing on the International Space Station (ISS) during his six month mission there?

There was also a whistle-stop tour of the last 40 years of space exploration, including a demonstration of making a comet.

Anu concluded by saying that there is a student just starting at primary school who will be the first British astronaut to step onto Mars.

Photos clockwise from top right: Interior of the rocket tower (Credit National Space Centre, Leicester); a comet under construction; Exterior of the National Space rocket tower (Credit National Space Centre, Leicester);