It seems that the University may have acquired a space programme overnight. Are we about to become the first University to put a student in space? The rocket seems a little small for human exploration, perhaps we’re starting with a student’s hamster instead? The alternative explanation is a weapon’s programme. Are we about to make a decisive pre-emptive strike against some of our competition, Northumbria perhaps? It’s one way to get up the league tables I suppose.
Seriously though, I made some enquiries and the rocket visit, courtesy of Starchaser Industries, is in connection with a programme to raise awareness of the practical applications of chemistry in schools, and there were a lot of school children on campus today and I saw some of them with their own smaller scale models.