Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing Joe FitzPatrick said: “Congratulations to the staff and students at the University of Stirling for completing their walk to the moon challenge which covered a staggering 238,855 miles.
“I understand the level of participation was excellent as the challenge was completed five days early. It is my hope that everyone taking part in this challenge enjoyed themselves and will continue to make walking a regular pursuit contributing to our vision of making the population of Scotland more active, more often.”
Staff and students recorded their mileage using a smartphone app that deducted each individual’s contribution from the overall total – which equated to around 478 million steps.
More than 25 ‘Moon Champions’ were appointed to encourage and sign-up walkers across the University’s faculties, professional service areas and student population – with the aim of boosting activity levels and, consequently, the health and wellbeing of both staff and students.
The challenge generated a great deal of social media interaction, with participants posting images and videos from their walks – including contributions from Prague, Quebec, and China.
The completion of the challenge came as Japanese-led space mission Hayabusa2 – involving University of Stirling geophysicist Dr Axel Hagermann – announced an important discovery in its exploration of the primitive asteroid Ryugu. The study – published in the journal Nature Astronomy – found that small fragments of material from C-type asteroids are too fragile to survive entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, explaining why meteorites of this type are rarely discovered here.