A Year 7 class become astronauts for a day A Year 7 class visits the National Space Centre in Leicester to participate in a simulated space mission.
The National Space Centre is the only one of the UK millennium science centres devoted entirely to space and space exploration. The Challenger Learning Centre within it is a facility available for school parties (and other pre-booked groups). Here, the visiting schoolchildren take on the roles of space station astronauts and ground-based mission controllers, led by resident education staff. Their assignment is to rendezvous with and investigate a comet, but in the process they have to sharpen their inter-personal communication skills and deal with emergencies, as well as perform some basic scientific experiments.