This is ground control to ‘Major’ Tim

Students ready to talk to the astronaut team
Students ready to talk to the astronaut team
  • Spalding High School students chat to astronaut Tim Peake’s support team
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Spalding High School students have had the chance to question members of a space mission team, via a live text-based chat.

The ‘I’m an Astronaut’ programme is designed to allow school students the chance to engage with the Astro Support Team behind astronaut Tim Peake.

Physics teacher Frances Haunch, who organised the session

Physics teacher Frances Haunch, who organised the session

He is the first British European Space Agency astronaut joining the International Space Station, where he will live and work. He will orbit the earth for half a year seeing nearly 3,000 sunsets and sunrises as he flies overhead.

By engaging with the team students have been able to gain insight into the wide variety of careers associated with space programmes, including a horticulturist researching how some plant seeds can survive extreme conditions, such as those found in space and an electronics design engineer who builds experiments and cameras to send into space.

Students have kept the team busy with questions ranging from: “If we are able to grow plants and live on Mars do you think it is fair to live on Mars and ruin it by global warming just like we did on Earth?” to “How do you wash clothes in space!”

All schools who have participated are now in the running to be chosen for a live chat with Tim Peake when he returns.

More pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian


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