Cosmonauts teach New Mills students about space

Sergey Volkov holding the pennant due to go to space with students from the school and staff members Lorna Barnfather, Jo Charles, Julie Bull and Nigel Marshall.
Sergey Volkov holding the pennant due to go to space with students from the school and staff members Lorna Barnfather, Jo Charles, Julie Bull and Nigel Marshall.

Pupils had an out of this world time on a trip to an astronaut training centre in Russia.

New Mills School students learned about astronautics on their trip to Star City.

While there, the students followed a programme of study based on the developments in the space industry including lectures from Russian cosmonauts Sergey Volkov, Alexander Volkov, and Alexander Samokutyaev, who have all spent time in the International Space Station completing scientific experiments to advance the space programme.

They described to students what life in space is like and the difficulties that we face in our bid to send manned missions to Mars.

Students visited Star City and inspected the training facilities the cosmonauts and astronauts worldwide use to train before they go in to space, and they were even able to see new sections of the International Space Station that are due to be launched into space.

Students also spent time visiting key sites in Moscow including the Kremlin, the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Mausoleum.

The school gave a pennant to the cosmonauts, which is due to be taken to the International Space Station on the next launch.

The school’s educational visits coordinator Jo Charles, said: “This is an amazing and exciting opportunity for our students and school to be represented in space and we would like to thank Stick-em Signs in New Mills for their very kind donation of the pennant”