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Out of this world pictures from space captured by Norfolk students

PUBLISHED: 06:00 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 07:01 17 May 2017

The Reepham spacecraft captured stunning images from the upper atmosphere. Picture: Reepham High School

The Reepham spacecraft captured stunning images from the upper atmosphere. Picture: Reepham High School

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These remarkable images from the edge of space were captured by Norfolk school students.

The students built the spacecraft themselves, using a helium-filled weather balloon. Picture: YellobricThe students built the spacecraft themselves, using a helium-filled weather balloon. Picture: Yellobric

Reepham High School students launched a spacecraft into the upper atmosphere of space as part of the school’s space race project.

The team launched their spacecraft on Thursday, May 4, from a field in Elsworth, near Cambridge.

They built it using a helium-filled weather balloon and a payload of tracking equipment.

The craft ascended so high that is reached the upper atmosphere allowing the students to capture some of these out of this world images.

Schools taking part in the project captured remarkable images. Picture: YellobricSchools taking part in the project captured remarkable images. Picture: Yellobric

The balloon stayed up for four hours before floating back to earth. Through the use of physics, maths and geography, the students were able to track its locations and pinpoint its landing spot.

Kirsty Turner, Reepham’s physics and science teacher, said: “The children were able to calculate where it was going to land and it was roughly correct. They did all of this using the same equations that they would normally find dull in the classroom.”

Reepham was not the only school from the county to take part in the space challenge. They were joined by pupils from City of Norwich School, Norwich School, Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form and Flegg High School from Martham, who each had their own spacecraft to launch.

The space race is an initiative by the charity Yellobric, which aims to highlight to students the practical applications of maths, physics and geography and encourage them to study science. It runs the project with partner educational institutions in Africa.

Schools taking part in the project captured remarkable images. Picture: YellobricSchools taking part in the project captured remarkable images. Picture: Yellobric

As the Norfolk schools launched their spacecraft it was live streamed on social media and followed by pupils in Ethiopia and South Africa.

Yellobric founder, Gavin Paterson, said: “It was a really successful launch event and very rewarding for the pupils and staff to see the results of all their efforts.

“This is a project which brings together the skills and work of the pupils in areas such as maths, science, physics, coding and engineering and there is an element of teambuilding but above all, it is a lot of fun.”

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