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Alan Grant reports
"The event was set up by Dundee Heritage Trust"
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Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 16:13 GMT
Pupils' space voyage of discovery
Children on board the RRS Discovery, Dundee
The children chatted to astronauts on board Discovery
Scottish schoolchildren have taken part in a live video link-up with a group of astronauts orbiting the earth.

The crew of the space shuttle Discovery faced questions from pupils on board the research ship RRS Discovery, which is berthed at Dundee.

The event was part of the centenary celebrations of Captain Scott's famous ship and went without a hitch.

David Manson, 10, Nadia Long, 11, Jonathon Reid, 12, and Michael Donaldson, 11, won the chance to "meet" the astronauts after entering an essay competition.

RRS Discovery, Dundee
RRS Discovery: A pioneer in its day
David said: "It was amazing to be here and speak to people miles and miles away. I would love to be an astronaut."

Nadia said: "I never wanted to be an astronaut before, but now I do. It was great. I was thinking about what it would be like to see everything from space."

Jonathon said he was thrilled by the big day.

He said: "I thought it was excellent. I couldn't believe how clearly we could hear them. I thought everything was going to be fuzzy, but it was great."

Futuristic quiz

Michael, who asked the crew about the food in space, said he also had a great time,

Astronauts Jim Wetherbee, Jim Shepherd and Andy Thomas took part in the space-aged quiz.

Simulation of Discovery docking
Discovery has docked with the International Space Station
In response to a question about why there were not more women in space, Commander Wetherbee said: "There will be more women in the future.

"There are more women pilots training in the military and there are more women working with us. Maybe one day you can come work with us too."

The event - linking two pioneers of exploration - was arranged by Dundee Heritage Trust and Nasa.

The shuttle blasted off earlier this month to link up with the International Space Station 250 miles above the earth.

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