Downsend meets NASA

Downsend meets NASA

Downsend is delighted to welcome Colonel Douglas Wheelock, NASA Astronaut, for a very special online appearance.

The event will take place on Thursday 21 January, 2pm – 3pm.

NASA Astronaut, Colonel Douglas Wheelock (U.S Army, ret) will join us to inspire Downsend’s Reception – Year 4 children with tales of his 178 days in space.

These special appearances are very rare, and with thanks to Emma Duke at Little Downsend who prepared such a heartfelt application on behalf of the children.

Mrs Conlan and Mrs Kirkham will introduce Colonel Wheelock, who will then give a short talk about his Spaceflight experience, his career at NASA and his early life and education .

Then we need your child’s very best questions! If your child has a question, and would be prepared to read it out live during the event, please complete the very short form on Cognita Connect (in Forms, look for ‘My question to an astronaut’) by 10am on Wednesday so we can compile the best, send them over to NASA and to let you know what to prepare.


THE LINK TO THE EVENT – Click on ‘I want to meet an astronaut’ below:

The event will take place via MS Teams, the link can be accessed here: I want to meet an astronaut!

Due to the capacity of MS Teams, the live event will be for Reception to Year 4 children, but, we have been given permission to record the event and circulate to all Downsend parents if the link remains private.


We are very excited to be able to give the children this opportunity, and can’t wait to share it with you all on Thursday. To read Colonel Wheelock’s inspiring biography before the event, please click here: Colonel Wheelock Bio.

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If you have any issues accessing the event, please contact:

  • Little Downsend Ashtead: Lorna Goldie
  • Little Downsend Epsom: Amy Tucker
  • Little Downsend Leatherhead: Esther Booth
  • Junior School: Sarah Hegarty
  • Head of Marketing and Admissions: Kate Timms


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