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Norwich pupils are inspired by British astronaut's space mission

PUBLISHED: 20:18 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 20:18 15 December 2015

CNS students watch Tim Peake's live rocket launch. Student Josh Harman, 11, with a model rocket.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

CNS students watch Tim Peake's live rocket launch. Student Josh Harman, 11, with a model rocket. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Pupils from City of Norwich School were among those with their eyes to the sky as British astronaut Tim Peake blasted off into space.

And as well as watching the big moment today, many of the pupils at the Eaton Road School also took part in their own space-inspired activities which included building rockets.

Assistant headteacher Kate Nichols said the pupils were absolutely mesmerized as Major Peake embarked on his six-month mission.

“They were really excited. They sat in silence and were in absolute awe,” she said, adding that the pupils were now busy coming up with questions to ask the astronaut during a live link-up with him planned for next year.

The school is among those lucky enough to be picked to interview Major Peake while he is on the International Space Station, which orbits the Earth from a distance of about 200 miles away.

City of Norwich School, Norwich School, Reepham High School and University of East Anglia students will all be joining in with the live radio link-up between City of Norwich School and the International Space Station via ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station).

Students from the three Norfolk schools and the UEA will be given about 10 minutes to quiz Major Peake at a date and time in February to be confirmed nearer the time.

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