Lancashire pupils to take part in online chats with astronaut Tim Peake

Mission control: Children from a school in Morecambe have been selected to pose questions to the team behind the latest space mission to the International Space Station
Mission control: Children from a school in Morecambe have been selected to pose questions to the team behind the latest space mission to the International Space Station
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Children from a school in Morecambe have been selected to take part in online chats with the team behind the mission launching the first official British astronaut into space.

Tim Peake blasted off into space on Tuesday to live and work on the International Space Station for six months.

British astronaut Tim Peake gives the thumbs up

British astronaut Tim Peake gives the thumbs up

As part of the Principia Mission ‘I’m An Astronaut’ has been launched getting members of the team behind human space missions talking to school students across the UK.

St Mary’s School in Morecambe is just one of 20 schools across the UK selected to engage in interactive online chats with the mission support team.

The Year 5 pupils will be asking questions about Tim’s space mission.

Questions put to the team so far include ‘What is your favourite space film? ‘ and ‘Is your guilty pleasure still a Snickers bar?’

Sue Grubic, Year 3 teacher at St Mary’s School, said: “The headmaster Michael Manson applied on behalf of the school to be included not really thinking we would be selected.

“One Year 5 class takes part in the chat but other classes can submit questions.

“The children are writing all about the experience for their school work.

“We did a countdown for the launch on Tuesday and it was an amazing experience for the children and staff.

“The children have absolutely adored being part of this unique experience and will carry on doing work surrounding for the mission for the next six months. If we win, we might be talking to Tim Peake directly in six months, which would be fantastic. Francesca Casari, of St Mary’s School said: “This is a wonderful learning opportunity for our school.”

The Astro Support Team members will also be voting for their favourite live chat and one school from each round will win the opportunity to take part in a live chat with Tim Peake when he returns from the International Space Station in 2016. For more information visit https://principia.org.uk/.