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Wednesday 13 June 2007

NASA comes to Nairn

Well, not literally. However NASA scientist, Dr Neil R Pellis, and a former astronaut, Bruce McCandless, will be in Nairn on a visit to Nairn Academy next Monday 'as part of the Careers Scotland Festival of Science 2007'. Mr McCandless has participated in two Shuttle missions, including the one which launched the Hubble Telescope. This story almost makes me wish I was young again and studying at Nairn Academy - it's not often you get to meet people closely involved with space exploration; the closest I ever got was a guided tour around Cape Kennedy about 20 years ago and a couple of days later I was able to watch a Shuttle launch from nearby Daytona Beach. I hope some of the pupils are inspired by this visit to take their education as far as their abilities will take them, whatever field they choose to specialise in.

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