Moon Rocks Land at Farringtons School
Pupils throughout the School were able to view and handle lunar rocks and meteorites from the moon last week.
Some 382kg of lunar material was brought back to Earth, most of it for use by scientists, but some has been made available for educational purposes by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). This has included a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite collected during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon.
Whilst the NASA moon rocks were at Farringtons School all students in the Junior school were able to visit the Science Department and to see and touch the Moon Rocks. Senior school students had a Moon Rock lesson during Physics and were able to experience simulated meteorite collisions and handle the samples.
Year 7 student Lilac Wilkins said, ‘‘I was amazed to be able to touch moon rocks and meteorites from millions of years ago. I felt honoured to hold such priceless objects and it’s definitely an experience that I will never forget.’
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