UNSA space programme – Tim Peake


Fate smiled upon year 5 this year, as the first British ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Tim Peake blasted into space on the Soyuz TMA-19M, bound for the International Space Station. For the weeks prior to ignition, the children trained to become astronauts completing the UNSA Space Program. Each week, they discovered something new about space such as: the journey from Earth to the ISS; the types of food an astronaut would eat; the fitness level an astronaut needs to reach before being allowed to fly; a virtual tour of the ISS and a tutorial in how to build their very own rocket.

On December 15th 2015, Year 5 graduated from Space Cadets to Astronauts. Moments later, they witnessed the live launch. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1……BLAST OFF! Gasps filled the room as the rocket boosters ignited and Tim rocketed into the atmosphere. Surprisingly, it takes just minutes before they see, through the tiny cockpit window, a slither of the Earth from space. Our tiny blue planet drifts away and so do the children’s imaginations. The children tune into Tim a few days later, as he had a special message to all the children who completed the UNSA Space Program. To complete the program each child was awarded with a certificate. Every now and then we check into the ISS to see how Tim is doing. If you’re really lucky, you can track Tim from the Earth and catch a glimpse of him in the night sky, as he travels 17,150 mph around the Earth.
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