Exciting rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at Aylesbury Vale Academy for a week’s visit.
The samples date back to the 1960s and 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the moon.
Their appearance at the academy was organised by curriculum leader in science at the academy Nigel Crawley.
He said: “The students really enjoyed the experience.
“What was nice was that we were able to use them in science lessons across all the age groups from Year 7 right through to Year 11.
“The evidence of the popularity of the samples came when we launched an astronomy club and had over 20 pupils which was more than we expected.”
Samples in the educational pack included a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars and a 4.3-billion-year-old nickel meteorite.
The lunar samples are provided by the Science and Facilities Technology Council and are loaned on a short-term basis free of charge to educational and scientific organisations across the country.
the technology council’s chief executive officer Professor John Womersley said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to be able to see, touch and really experience such important and exciting messengers from space – turning science fiction into science fact. We really hope the experiences will help to inspire the next generation of budding scientists.”