Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Planets Star at Special Lesson

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Planets Star at Special Lesson

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

LONG before Michael Jackson's 'moonwalk', journeys to the far reaches of the galaxy started with one small step.

Now, 40 years later, that small step taken by astronaut Neil Armstrong has left a significant impression in the history books.

For Mercy College principal Jim Ford, man walking on the moon was one of the most important events in the 20th century.

Last night, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, students and parents of Mercy College got out their torches and telescopes for an out-of-this-world experience.

Mr Ford said it was his own love of science and astronomy, in particular, that led him to organise the event.

"I read in the Weekend Australian that man walking on the moon was a technological advance such as man creating fire.

"It was courageous and pioneering," he said.

The astronomy night included a virtual tour of the night sky through state-of-the-art planetary software, an Apollo quiz and a torch tour of the night sky with four telescopes. …

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