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By Fiona Reid
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Moon magic in region

ONE of the world’s leading space conferences, the European Lunar Symposium (ELS) touched down in Dumfries this week.

It’s taking place at The Crichton, with 150 of the world’s most influential people in moon exploration in attendance.

And 100 secondary pupils from across the region were given the unique opportunity to participate in a wide range of interactive workshops and career seminars, lead by the likes of NASA and Japan’s space agency, JAXA and The Open University.

The ELS is discussing the latest research and innovations, including the practicalities of building on the Moon and lunar ice mining, to new geology insights from Moon rocks and fresh theories that aim to solve the mystery of the age of the Moon. Professor Mahesh Anand, OU Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration and ELS chair, said: “The purpose of this conference is to open research into the Moon to more parts of the world. I can genuinely say, that those working in lunar science and exploration are not just experts; they are passionate, enthusiastic and incredibly talented individuals who are keen to share their knowledge with others.

“We wanted local pupils to experience this firsthand and be inspired by their genuine love for what they do. Having such a wealth of expertise here in Dumfries and Galloway is a unique opportunity and I hope it leaves a lasting and positive legacy for our young people and opens their minds to new career opportunities.”

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