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The Queen marks British Science Week with virtual Mars event

Her Majesty The Queen has marked British Science Week by taking part in a video call symposium with various experts and schoolchildren. During the call, Her Majesty highlighted the most essential thing to consider when planning a trip to outer space – how to return home!

During the call, the latest pictures from NASA’s recent mission to Mars were shown as were the schoolchildren’s classroom rocket creations.

When asked about her meeting with Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space, and what he was like, Her Majesty simply replied, “Russian.”

Though The Queen did add this about Gagarin, “It was very interesting to meet him, and I suppose being the first one, it was particularly fascinating.”

Scientist and co-presenter of Sky at Night, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, said of Gagarin, “It must have been terrifying to be the first one, and not really knowing what was going to happen.” To which Her Majesty replied, “Well, yes – and if you could come back again. That’s very important.”

Talking of the latest pictures of NASA’s Mars mission, The Queen commented, “It’s fascinating to see the pictures of Mars – it’s unbelievable really to think one can actually see it’s surface.

Children from Thomas Jones Primary School in Notting Hill showed Her Majesty their classroom rocket projects where toy mice acted as astronauts. After a countdown, the children fired the ‘mice’ in to the air as Her Majesty chuckled and remarked, “Splendid.”

British Science Week began on 5th March and concludes on Sunday 14th March. The symposium took place on Wednesday.

Photo: Buckingham Palace/PA

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