On Monday 1st April, Zac Goldsmith MP visited Darell Primary School to discuss the merits of Space Exploration with year 5 pupils. The pupils had taken the time to write individual letters to their local MP, to express their own views on the issue.
A report in March (2019) by the UK Space Agency stated that “investments in space programmes bring significant benefits for society”. Pupils debated whether the present estimated £30 million a year spent on space exploration should be spent in this area or whether the money would be better spent elsewhere.
Zac said of his visit: “Pupils presented a wide range of views, with some excited by the prospect of continued investment in space exploration and others expressing a view that energy and resources would be better spent looking after the planet we inhabit. Their questions were hugely impressive and it was a pleasure spending time with them.”