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COLYTON: Former Colyton pupil meets astronaut

Thursday, 27 February 2014

FORMER Colyton Grammar School student Heidi Thiemann, who left the school last summer, had the privilege of meeting Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian astronaut, at the University of Leicester recently.
Colonel Hadfield was the Commander of the International Space Station, who became an overnight sensation with his stunning space photography and educational “how to” videos on life in space.
During his visit to the university, he met a number of physics and astronomy students, Heidi among them, who shared their research with him through displays and demonstrations.
Heidi, aged 18, helped demonstrate the university’s Planeterella experiment, which simulates the Northern Lights.
The same machine was then used by Professor Brian Cox on BBC show “Stargazing Live” about a month later.
Leicester is home to The National Space Centre and the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is highly rated.
By student reporter
Eleanor Waterhouse

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