12th September 2019 — On Tuesday, our students were given an inspiring talk by Dr Nicola Fox – an old girl of St. Francis’ College and the current Director of Heliophysics at NASA. She is responsible for all the work that NASA does in regards to studying the sun and its interaction with the Earth and the rest of the Solar System.
Dr Fox was born in Hitchin and was a St. Francis' College student in the 1980s. She graduated from Imperial College London and earned a Master's Degree at the University of Surrey.
The Year 9 were captivated by the talk and there was time for a number of questions at the end; including how the mission avoided space-junk orbiting the Earth and the difficulties of putting humans into space. Many of the students stayed behind to ask further questions and were clearly inspired to think about a possible career in the space industry.