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Cockermouth School's space race success

A group of students from Cockermouth School have sent a ballon thousands of miles into space and captured images of the curvature of the Earth.

The team of year 11 student were given just £400 to build the "spacecraft".

It set off from the playing fields of the school on March 12th and was later found in Richmond, North Yorkshire.The school was set the challenge by REACT Engineering in Cleator Moor.

The seven girls and 10 boys succeeded in sending a camera into space to record images of the Earth from the upper atmosphere.This is their video.

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Cockermouth pupils take top places in competition

Two pupils from Cockermouth School in Cumbria have come first and second in a prestigious writing competition.

Year 12 student Hannah Lewis won the Anne Pierson Cumbria Young Writers Award at the Words by the Water Festival in Keswick for her short story.

Year 13 pupil Jessica Walker came second for her poem.

"The work of Jessica and Hannah was stunning and I am very proud of their achievements."

– Head teacher Geoff Walker

Cockermouth School's Space Project

ITV Border have been following the progress of Cockermouth School's space project.

At the end of January two balloons were sent into the air with the objective of filming the curvature of the earth.

The first pod was found within a couple of hours but the second had been missing - until now.

It was found floating on a fishing pond 300 miles away in Buckinghamshire.

Safely inside was the camera and their missing astronaut - a Lego man named George.

''It was absolutely insane I was just running round the house all evening going 'Oh my goodness we've got George back' I was so excited and I think everyone else was and we were all on the phone to each other saying 'he has come home, we are going to get it all back' and it was just really, really happy."

– Emily Douglas, Team UP

But the camera was not so fortunate, its view was obscured meaning the team had no pictures.

The team said they enjoyed the exercise and may even attempt it again - learning from their mistakes.

"We were hoping it would have captured some nice images of the curvature of the earth which was the initial brief that was given to us but unfortunately we had a little bit of a disappointment this morning when we opened the pod.

"We found that something has obscured the lens of the camera. We don't know what it was but unfortunately we didn't get the images we were after."

– Emily Douglas, Team UP

Full report: Cockermouth School find missing space balloon

We have been following the progress of Cockermouth School's space project, and we can now reveal that the missing pod has been found.

The second balloon was found in a fishing pond 300 miles away in Buckinghamshire.

Our reporter Samantha Parker went to find out if they managed to capture space:

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Full report: Cumbrian space mission

Pupils at a Cumbrian school have gone where no school project has been before - into space!

Two teams from Cockermouth School spent eight months working on the project, and today they sent cameras into the stratosphere.

They will record pictures of the curvature of the earth from a height of 33,000 metres before parachuting back to earth.

Samantha Parker has the full report:

Pupils ecstatic with space mission results

The 12 pupils who engineered a space device, which they launched this morning, say they are ecstatic with the images they have received from the weather balloon.

The students from Cockermouth School launched their balloon at 9am this morning from the playing fields at the school.

The balloon landed at 2:30pm just a few miles away.

"We are over the moon with what has been achieved today, and we were all blown away by the phenomenal footage"

– Joe Welford, Cockermouth School

Pictures: Cumbria from space

Space from the recording device Credit: Cockermouth School

This is how west Cumbria looked from space this afternoon.

Pupils from Cockermouth School were celebrating this evening after successfully sending a camera into space and getting these pictures.

'The A Team' launched their balloon at 9am this morning from the playing fields at the school. The balloon landed at 2:30pm just a few miles away.

As well as these pictures the students also have maps tracking the direction the balloon travelled.

They will now put the footage together to make a short film.

Picture of earth sent from the recording device Credit: Cockermouth
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