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Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary celebrations attracts world famous scientists and space experts to the North East

09 July 2019

World famous scientists and space enthusiasts flock to the region to mark 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking humanity’s first steps on the moon. 

Egglescliffe School and Sixth Form College will be welcoming David Southwood CBE, former chair of UK Space Agency, James Burke, BBC’s chief reporter on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 and Dr Andy Aldrin, Buzz Aldrin’s son, through a live skype link from Kennedy Space Centre, USA.

North East STEM Ambassadors from the space sector will also be taking part to inspire and nurture students from the school by sharing their experiences. Janine Marshall, STEM Hub North East Contract Manager said:

“It’s brilliant that an event of this kind has been organised by a North East school and we are proud to be part of it.

“With such mind-blowing participants joining us on the day, it promises to be a fantastic celebration not only of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 but also of the endless efforts and enthusiasm of bodies across the region to inspire young talents into science and the space sector.

“STEM Ambassadors working in the space sector will be present on the day to talk to the children about opportunities available and the paths they’ll need to undertake to land a job in this exciting field.”

With some of the original house blocks named after astronauts who took part in the Apollo 11 mission, Egglescliffe school has been a dedicated advocate of the space industry and a passionate supporter of its ventures.

Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida on 16 July 1969 carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Four days later Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon, being watched live on TV by around 650 million.

RTC runs the STEM Ambassador Hub North East covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley. The STEM team’s vision is a World-Leading STEM Education for all young people.

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