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Salford City Academy Science students meet astronaut Michael Foale

Year 9 Salford City Academy science students recently met real-life astronaut Michael Foale, who visited sister school William Hulme’s Grammar on Thursday 11th May.

Michael was the first Briton to perform a spacewalk and has spent more time in space than anyone else in the UK.

To an audience filled with United Learning students from across the group, Michael explained how he became an astronaut and talked about a number of his space shuttle missions, along with anecdotes about his time on the Mir and International Space Stations.

He also showed the group a number of videos he recorded while spending time in space, going into detail about the challenge of living in zero gravity conditions and working in extremely confined spaces.

The floor was then opened up to questions, with students quizzing the astronaut on everything from his thoughts on the privatisation of space exploration to what qualifications would be needed to follow in his footsteps.

Adam Janiak, Science teacher, said:

“Our students were fascinated hearing Michael’s stories about space.  They had a really enjoyable time and relished the opportunity to ask lots of questions!”

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