Major Tim Peake, the first astronaut representing the UK to carry out a spacewalk, has described the experience as ‘exhilarating’.
Peake and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra ventured outside the International Space Station on Friday 15 January to replace a broken voltage regulator. The pair were outside the space station for almost five hours and managed to replace the broken piece of equipment, but the operation needed to be cut short after water leaked into Kopra’s helmet.
About four hours after becoming the first Briton to walk in space, Peake tweeted three pictures of the experience and shared his feelings on looking down and seeing Earth from space.
‘Today’s exhilarating #spacewalk will be etched in my memory forever – quite an incredible feeling!’
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Tim Peake is the first British ESA astronaut to fly to the International Space Station. He launches at 11.02am on Tueday 15 December from Kazakhstan. His six-month mission provides a unique context for classroom activities to inspire all your pupils.
The UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency have put together an education and outreach programme that spans a broad range of subjects and age ranges, all linked to the Principia mission. These activities can be found here.
Glasgow Science Festival and Three Minute Learning have been funded to develop their online science and literacy resource 3ml, in support of Principia, and offer it free to all Scottish schools. If you would like a 3ml test account, please send your name, email and school to email@example.com
The Royal Institution have announced the 2015 Christmas lecturer as being Dr Kevin Fong, an expert in space medicine.
This year’s Christmas lectures will be based around ‘How to survive in space’ and is due to be broadcast on BBC Four during the festive season.
In celebration of Tim Peake’s impending launch to the International Space Station (ISS), the lectures will focus around the discoveries and achievements in space science and engineering.
Tim’s expedition to the ISS will begin with an intense eight and a half minute journey to Low Earth Orbit. The first lecture will examine this critical stage of Tim’s long six hour space flight and will reveal the science and engineering work behind these tense moments.
Lectures two and three will look at the day-to-day life in space, as well as learning how science can help astronauts survive those lengthy space explorations.
For more information about Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, visit the dedicated Tim Peake page.
The photograph of Kevin Fong is taken from The Royal Institution.