Surprise visit from astronaut hopeful

Last Thursday (30thNovember) Techniquest Glyndŵr , Wrexham’s popular Science Discovery Centre located on the Wrexham Glyndŵr  University Campus had a surprise  visit from an astronaut hopeful who had recently taken part in the BBC2 TV series  'Astronauts - Do You Have What it takes'.

Seen here in her blue ‘flight suit’ Jackie is accompanied by Techniquest Glyndŵr Science Communicator Kevin Jones, with Clare Evans and Cerian Kassam

Jaclyn Bell was one of the 12 shortlisted out of 3,000 contestants of the televised competition. Unfortunately Jackie didn’t make it to the top to be nominated to the European Space Agency to be an Astronaut in one of the Agency’s space programmes but on the way she had plenty of amazing experiences as she progressed through the tough selection process as she told the staff at Techniquest Glyndŵr .

She said

“It was all pretty gruelling but there were lots of exciting firsts for me during the televised episodes, one of the biggest in the series of selection exercises was actually flying a helicopter.

Unfortunately, though, I had to drop out early since at the time I was not able to swim and couldn’t continue with the later challenges - I have since learned to be a swimmer!”

Jackie’s visit to Wrexham was as a result of her new role being Project Manager for the exciting science programme “Explore Your Universe” which is now being delivered by the Science Centre to schools and the general public.

‘Explore your Universe’ is a new national project celebrating the physical sciences which has been developed by The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) together with Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).The aim of Explore Your Universe is to ‘inspire a sense of excitement amongst young people around the physical sciences by sharing the amazing stories and technologies of STFC’.Techniquest Glyndŵr  is one of just 20 Science Centres across the UK which are now delivering the programme.

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