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Space Age Lectures Announcement

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Image Credit NASA

What are the Space Age Lectures all about?

Egglescliffe School is holding a day of space related lectures on Tuesday 17th July to commemorate the fortieth anniversary since the class of ’78 left the school’s sixth form. The school has a special connection to space, as the house blocks are all named after famous astronauts – Buzz Aldrin, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong, Valentina Tereshkova and Jim Lovell, who are all astronauts who have been to space. Aldrin and Armstrong, two of the more well-known names, are of course the first two people to walk on the moon. Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, was the first human to go into space, and Tereshkova, another Soviet cosmonaut, was the first woman to go into space. Lovell, an American astronaut, is known for being the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely.

Just over sixty years ago, in October 1957, Sputnik 1 successfully entered Earth’s orbit, heralding the start of the space age. The launch gave the former Soviet Union the distinction of putting the first human-made object into orbit, the effects of which were felt worldwide. At the time, to celebrate the space age and its cultural legacy, our school named its house blocks after astronauts and cosmonauts in the space race. And now, decades on, the unique Aldrin, Armstrong, Lovell, Gagarin and Tereshkova house blocks are still thriving. Forty years ago the ‘Class of ’78’ left the sixth form to venture far and wide. In honour of this anniversary, a small group of the alumni volunteered to create and produce the Space Age Lectures for us today.

One of the guest speakers, Prof. David Southwood, speaking to SpaceCareers.uk, described why his work that goes into space is so important: “We’re out on the final frontier. We, all human beings, our planet, our Sun, all somehow came from cosmic dust. We can either look down on the ground or, in other words, try to ignore it, or one can look out and see the processes from out of which we have developed. Of course the drive to understand what is out there also serves as a powerful driver for technology down here as well as a major source of inspiration.” He is now a Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College, and a Non-Executive member of the UK Space Agency Steering Board.

Mr Cowan, deputy head teacher in charge of engagement and attendance, said that the Space Age Lectures were an analogy of widening views of horizons and exploring what’s possible. It will “light a spark” in the minds of the young people that are the future of not only the school but the wider world as well.

What exactly are we celebrating?

It has been 40 years since former student Angie W left the school in 1978, and as we enjoy the lectures, we have the opportunity to link how we look forward to the future with the past as well. The event will expand people’s horizons, allowing them to further themselves, and open their eyes as to what we can do. We should also take the opportunity to appreciate the hard work that has gone into organising the event, which Mr Cowan described as “greatly challenging”, and mentioned that the school “could not have had better people than Angie W, Mr Fairbairn and Mrs Dean to organise this”.

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