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Abbeystead Blast Off!

This week, the Abbeystead blog has been written by Carmen and is an account of her day at the National Space Center in Leicester.

Having to wake up extra early in the morning resulted in me being very tired on the way there. It was definitely worth it, but one person in particular was really annoying on the bus.

It was a sensational sight when we arrived, and the height of it made me think it was going to topple over! Looking up at the rocket tower, the size was shocking. As soon as we arrived, the man led us straight to the ‘It IS rocket science’ workshop. My favourite experiment had to be the pringle tube rocket, it was extremely loud. We even learnt that Sir Isaac Newton, as well as documenting the laws of motion, invented the cat-flap!

Joyfully, we skipped towards the planetarium. We found it extraordinary and the illusions made it look real.

Our group were really lively and ran around all of the exhibits. We learnt that they used different kinds of spacesuit for different occasions. My favourite floor was the third, where there was a room where you could experience what it was like inside the LEM. In the room next to it, it was made to look like a control room so you could send instructions. There was a camera and a button to send vocal messages to whoever was in the LEM.

At lunch, I ate my salami sandwich straight away, so I could move onto the tasty stuff. I ate my crunchy bar and biscuits, and Alex and Sofia even shared with me some of their pretzels, sushi and white chocolate buttons!

In the giant shop, I bought a 3D notepad, a pen and a sweet (that I ate straight away). Everything there was really cool, but really expensive and I ended up not being able to afford something I really wanted!

On the trip back, I felt even more exhausted. The same child was even more annoying on the way back. We all started singing, “We all live in a yellow submarine!”