Science Week Star Gazing
During Science Week, Kingsway Community trust, as part of their celebrations, were lucky enough to have some of their questions answered by Buzz Aldrin – the second man who stepped on the moon! Buzz, who is now 85, was visiting Jodrell Bank observatory as part of the ‘Stargazing Live’ programme which was shown on BBC2.
Our best questions were personally handed to him (via an astronomer we know who works at Jodrell Bank, see picture) and Buzz very kindly answered them for us!
Green End Year 2 children asked:-
"In 2030 America aims to send people to Mars. We will be 22 years old by then and as our school motto is 'dream it, achieve it' we think one of them could be us! If you could go to live in Space, would you?"
and Buzz replied..
‘Great quote Green End! I wrote 'Reaching for the Moon' because I wanted to tell kids that all of us have a moon, a dream that we can strive for. Even if you don't attain it, you can at least reach for it.
Can you imagine, in 2030, taking a space cruise to Mars? I can't believe that people wouldn't line up for that possibility. Everyone who's been in space would, I'm sure, welcome the opportunity for a return to the exhilarating experiences there. Living there – the mind says yes, but the body says no!’
Ladybarn Key Stage 2 asked:-
"What words would you use to describe your experience of stepping on the moon?"
‘Out. Of. This. World. Some things just can't be described. And stepping onto the moon was one of them.
My first words of my impression of being on the surface of the Moon that just came to my mind was "Magnificent desolation." The magnificence of human beings ... to dream about being on the Moon, and then taking advantage of increases in technology and carrying out that dream — achieving that is magnificent testimony to humanity. But it is also desolate — there is no place on earth as desolate as what I was viewing in those first moments on the Lunar Surface.’
Cringle Brook children asked:-
"If the moon was made of cheese – which cheese do you think it would be?" which Buzz thought was very funny.
He answered "Well...perhaps a smoky one, as there was a charcoal – like odour on the moon. In terms of surface, the moon was like talcum powder, but it left a very firm boot print. The dents, which appear ‘cheese – like’, are craters, caused by rocks hitting the moon over time."