Olympic space race is on

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DERBYSHIRE pupils will compete against teams from across the world in the race to win the 2012 Space Olympics.

The 25 students will form Team GB to take on competitors from America, China, Russia, Australia, Germany, France and Israel.

It’s the first time pupils from Derbyshire have taken part in the international event designed to develop the world’s scientists and space explorers of the future.

And it’s all thanks to a unique partnership Derbyshire County Council has forged with Russia which has seen 240 pupils from 13 schools take part in exchange trips.

Now pupils who have visited Korolev City – the home of the Centre for International Space Research - to take part in space master classes have been invited to apply for a place on the Olympic team.

They will undergo a rigorous application process including a series of maths and physics tests, an individual presentation and interviews. Team selection will take place in April.

The team will then be aiming for gold glory in the Space Olympics held in Korolev, Russia, from October 17 to 27.