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PARIS paper plane lands in Spanish school textbook

Educational honour for legendary Playmonaut mission

By Lester Haines, 7 Mar 2016

We're delighted to report that our legendary Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) mission has appeared in a Spanish language textbook, agreeably exposing young minds to stratospheric Playmonaut tomfoolery.

The book in question is Brújula 5 ("Compass 5"), aimed at 3rd year primary school kids in Valencia...

The cover of the textbook

...and here's apprentice boffin Katarina showing the PARIS piece, based on a 2012 by Isidoro Merino column down at El País:

Katarina poses with the textbook and our Vulture 1

The story in the textbook

Word of the book came from a native of the village of Navatejares, who now lives in Valencia. She rang local bar owners Tito and his missus Yolanda to say her kid had just spotted PARIS in a language class.

As long-term readers will recall, Bar Tito was the base for PARIS operations...

The Navatejares locals pose with the Vulture 1

...and indeed Tito and Yolanda lent a hand with the PARIS launch:

Tito and Yolanda at the PARIS launch site

Five years later, here they are with locals (L-R) Miguel Angel, Juanjo, Sara and Oscar:

Tito and locals in the bar in Navatejares

As well as the article, the textbook has a question section posing such brainteasers as "Work out what the acronym PARIS means":

Tito and his missus holding the textbook

The questions section of the textbook

Marvellous stuff. PARIS team member John Oates* said of the educational honour: "Bloody hell - shaping young minds, I'll take that." ®

Bootnotes

*He scrubs up well for a quick interview with the BBC, as you can see in our PARIS vid:

A Spanish translation of this article is in the pipeline for publication tomorrow, kindly provided by another PARIS veteran - José María Pita Macias, seen here with Tito when we secured the Guinness World Record for the highest launch of a paper plane:

Jose Maria and Tito with the Guinness World Record certificate

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