Surbiton High School students enthralled by moon rocks and meteorites

Dr Rob Bastin, Katie Henry, Emma Appleton and Natasha Fisher check out some meteorites

Dr Rob Bastin, Katie Henry, Emma Appleton and Natasha Fisher check out some meteorites

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Surbiton students hosted a group of extra-terrestrial visitors – but these were no little green men.

NASA and the Natural History Museum lent meteors and moon rocks for a week of lessons at Surbiton High School.

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The lunar samples were gathered by astronauts on the final three Apollo missions in 1971 and 1972.

Science teacher Dr Rob Bastin said: “We were very excited. It’s a real honour – these things don’t come to school that often.

“So often [students] only get to see these kinds of things in museums.

“It dawned on them just how precious the things they had in their hands were. I think they were all taken aback.”

Preparations for the rocks’ visit, principally organised by physics teacher Ann Pudney, was an event in itself.

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Dr Bastin added: “The security we had to go through also made it a little bit daunting. It was like a president visiting, almost.”

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