Supporting Charlie’s work with the school children is Airdrie Astronomical Association who are curators of Airdrie Public Observatory. The children have all been invited to follow up events at Airdrie Pubic Observatory as well as a series of talks and events at their weekly association meetings which are delivered free and are open to the public.
Airdrie Astronomical Association has assisted in the setting up of after-school space clubs to help encourage children to learn about science, space flight and astronomy.
The association invited Charlie to view the observatory where they do so much work with children and community groups. Charlie was introduced to the stunning wall mural which leads all the way up the three flights of stairs to the observatory on the top floor of Airdrie library. The result of a six month project in partnership with Glasgow Metropolitan College HND Fine Art students, the mural has images of space and the solar system with the top floor being a tribute to the Apollo programme.
Immediately outside the door into the Observatory is a portrait of Charlie. Although he had previously seen photos of it he was delighted to see it in person and appreciated the research and hard work that the students had put into their project.
Charlie signs his portrait by student Alister Gardner
Alice shows Charlie her painting of a stamp of Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space
Sonya's tribute to the three astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire
Treasurer of AAA tells Charlie about Airdrie's telescope - a 6 inch Cooke of York refractor
Charlie learned about the history and present day use of the facility. Established in 1896 and moving to its current location in 1925, the observatory plays a prominent role in AAA's work in the community. Everyone involved with AAA is a volunteer who gives their time freely to share their passion for space, astronomy and science.
Gavin Bain of AAA's committee then presented Charlie with a small gift in appreciation of his work with the children.
Gavin thanked Charlie for helping us reach out to so many children
Members of Airdrie Astronomical Association
Tony, Graham, Ken, Gavin, Isabel, Willie, Kirsty, Arthur, Charlie Duke, Alice, Aileen, Yvette, Raymond,
Ruth, Paul, Robert, and Zoe
Charlie had a final photo shoot with some of the members of Airdrie Astronomical Association and left us with very precious memories.
When the public observatory was established in 1896 no one could have imagined that one day men would walk on the moon, let alone that one of those unique individuals would actually one day walk in the observatory.
Our pupils certainly enjoyed their visit! Mr Duke is quite inspirational, and the kids have so few real heroes any more!
Count us in for any future activities, please!
Many thanks for such a well-organised and exciting event.
The visit was a great success and the children loved the experience. The children loved the fact that they had a question answered by an astronaut.
Thank you very much for organising the event.
Our pupils were totally engaged by the experience and I am impressed by the number of them that realise how fortunate they were to get tickets free of charge for a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Just to say thanks for the trip! The pupils really enjoyed Mr Duke's talk and were enthused! We're going to put it in our local press and put up a display in our 'Corridor of Success'! Many thanks for including us - and if you have anything else in the future - don't hesitate!
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