On Tuesday 19th November, at around 11:15 in the morning, children were disturbed by a strange skidding and crashing sound. After an afternoon assembly, children were informed that a mysterious object had crash-landed on the school site.
Astrophysicist, Doctor Rolfe, from Bayfordbury Observatory was called and confirmed for us that the object had indeed fallen from space. Children were given the opportunity to inspect the crash site and quiz Doctor Rolfe to help them develop their knowledge of space.
Over the next week, children will be investigating what exactly the source of the mysterious object is...
Watch this space!
The Mystery is Solved...
On Friday 22nd November, the children were called into an assembly to share the findings of Dr Rolfe's investigations on the mysterious, crashed item.
We can reveal that the item is in fact revealed to be... a satellite! Doctor Rolfe provided the children with the following message:
Dear Chambersbury School,
After spending some time investigating the samples from the crash site, my colleagues and I came to the following conclusion:
The samples are most likely from a satellite of European (including UK) or American origin.
We detected no radiation and can be confident the crash site is not dangerous (of course, caution must be taken with the sharp pieces of metal).
We know it was definitely not a meteorite, material of alien origin, or someone illegally dumping rubbish.
Modern satellites are designed to safely burn up in the atmosphere at the end of their working life and would never normally reach the ground, but occasionally there can be malfunctions which cause satellites to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere in an uncontrolled way.
What happened at your school is a very rare event and is very unlikely to ever happen again, so do not worry about this.
It is a fascinating event and you should be proud of the work you have done on investigating the crash site.
Let me know if you have any further questions.
Dr Samantha Rolfe