Caister Middle School

CAISTER Middle School children had a very special delivery - it arrived amid high security and came from light years away.Pupils got to grips with a stellar slice of history when lunar samples collected by NASA made their way from the moon to Caister.

CAISTER Middle School children had a very special delivery - it arrived amid high security and came from light years away.

Pupils got to grips with a stellar slice of history when lunar samples collected by NASA made their way from the moon to Caister.

The moon rock, lunar dust and meteorite pieces formed part of a week-long journey into the unknown for all pupils' science lessons.

The samples were provided by the UK's Science and Technology Facilites Council and were collected during NASA's manned space missions to the moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During these missions the Apollo astronauts brought back to Earth 382 kilograms of lunar material. Most was used by scientists to study the Moon, but NASA decided to use a small proportion of the rock and soil to develop lunar and planetary sciences educational packages.

As the rocks are irreplacable, Caister Middle had to meet stringent security measures before being sent the unusual cargo.