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It is Rocket Science

SCHOOLCHILDREN across Doncaster will finally get to meet space experts after Russian cosmonauts stepped in to save the day.
Space experts Alexander Martynov and Alexander Volkov will give talks to 700 Year 9 pupils from secondary and special schools across the town at Doncaster Dome. The visit is designed to get youngsters interested in different aspects of science in relation to activities in space.
The duo will also talk to employers at an evening event taking place at Doncaster College’s Hub campus, during which they will be catered for by College Hospitality and Catering students.
Martynov was previously Head of Ballistics at the Russian Control Centre while Volkov is an astronaut who has been to Space Station Mir on many occasions. They will lead interactive presentations entitled ‘It Is Rocket Science’ and ‘Manned Mission To Mars’.
The visit, which takes place between June 3 and 5, comes after a NASA shuttle crew were forced to abandon their trip to the UK due to a visit to the White House to see President Bush.
The events have been funded by Doncaster Council through Objective 1, the LSC and Renaissance South Yorkshire. Doncaster Council has been working alongside Doncaster College and Doncaster Chamber to organise the event.
Mayor of Doncaster Martin Winter said: “We are so glad we finally have something like this to present to children and businesses across the borough. We know hundreds of pupils have been working on space-related projects in classrooms for months and now we can to give them something to get excited about.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to meet people who have been in space and can answer all of their questions and get interested in the different aspects of the science behind space travel. We know we can’t all be astronauts, but we can help put people into space.”

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