Doncaster South Yorks UK Shuttle Crew in Town Nov 15th 2007

Doncaster South Yorks UK Shuttle Crew in Town Nov 15th 2007

The crew members of mission STS-118, Endeavour, pose for their official portrait. Pictured from the left are mission specialists Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, Barbara R. Morgan, Pilot Charles O. Hobaugh, Commander Scott J. Kelly and mission specialists Tracy E. Caldwell, Canadian Space Agency's Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, and Alvin Drew Jr. Credit: NASA.

IT might be a small part of a national tour but it's a giant coup for Doncaster...

The last crew of space shuttle Endeavour will be swapping a view of earth for a glance at St George's Church and The Hub when they land in Doncaster next month.

Seven astronauts who were part of the iconic craft's recent 5.3 million mile mission are stopping off in the borough to share their experiences with local schoolkids.

Among them is the first teacher in space - Barbara Morgan, who taught at an elementary school in Idaho in the US before being selected to train as an astronaut.

The visit, on November 15, has been arranged by Doncaster Council, STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network), Doncaster College, Business Link South Yorkshire and SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing