To finish off science week, we were lucky enough to have an American astronaut, Dr Don Thomas came into school for the afternoon. He spoke to a select number of year 7 to year 13 students about life on a space craft and his 5 missions to space. He inspired us with his account of how he failed 3 times in his application to NASA but did not give up in his ambition to become an astronaut. He showed us the freeze dried food that would be eaten as regular meals and even told us how a toilet worked on a space station! Students were fascinated with his stories of how he took animals and plants into space to see the effect of zero gravity on growth and reproduction including how combustion changes with little gravity. He explained how he has seen the magnificent site of the top of Mount Everest 50,000 times, the amazon rainforest and the eye of a storm over the pacific but in all his time in space he never felt so far away from Earth. He gifted the school with a commemorative plaque that has the words… “To all the students at King Charles 1 School, keep your eyes on the stars”.