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The Space Age

Readin', writin' and 'rithmetic are still as important today as they were in great grandfather's day, but the world is progressing and it is equally important that tomorrow's leaders should know and understand the great scientific achievements taking place throughout the world. This is the space age and youth is vitally interested in space exploration. To give pupils, and teachers, a wider knowledge of this subject, two lecturers were appointed by the Education Department to tour New Zealand schools with a space exhibition. This comprises 24 exact-scale replicas of modern capsules and rockets and other devices used in space exploration loaned to the department by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. At Nelson College, Mr J. D. Hercus lectured the school.


Behind a table laden with models, Mr Hercus gives an explanation


Mr Hercus explains how astronauts can land on the moon through the use of a landing platform, carry out their investigations, and rejoin their capsule for return to earth.


As can be seen, the boys were interested