students have come back to earth after a trip of a lifetime to Russia.
Pupils from Parkside School, Chesterfield, and Long Eaton School, spent a week in Korolev City to take part in space masterclasses as part of an international exchange programme designed to increase their knowledge of space exploration.
During their trip to the Centre for International Space Research they visited Mission Control and went aboard a rocket which has blasted into space.
They also saw how cosmonauts are tested at Star City and took part in master classes with two cosmonauts.
The trip was organised after Professor Alexander Martynov, a leading scientist advising on the Manned Mission to Mars Programme.
So far 240 pupils from 13 schools and academies across Derbyshire have taken part in the project.
Derbyshire is set to sign an agreement with the Russian authorities to ensure the visits continue.
Councillor Mike Longden, the county council’s cabinet member for education said: “These links will continue to bring science, technology, engineering and maths to life for our pupils.”