Lanesend Primary School children with teacher Graham Andre. The group travelled to the World Museum for a Q&A session with astronaut Tim Peake. Picture by Peter Boam.
IT WAS a case of 'Ground Control to Major Tim’ for a lucky group of Isle of Wight schoolchildren yesterday (Tuesday), when they took part in a live webcast with British astronaut Major Tim Peake.
A group of 26 pupils from Lanesend Primary School, Cowes, were among 11 classes specially selected from 10,000 applications nationally to take part in the unique event, which included a Q&A session with Tim, while he was 250 miles above Earth, on the International Space Station (ISS).
Although the Lanesend youngsters were not among the lucky handful chosen to ask Tim a question, they were over the moon to have been part of such a special educational event, according to their teacher, Graham Andre.
During the 20-minute link-up, Tim also conducted live space experiments and did a 'follow the leader’ dance routine with the children.
Mr Andre said: "It was absolutely fantastic to be there and witness it. A brilliant day for the kids, who were in awe and totally captivated."
The children also met the event’s presenter, space medicine scientist and TV personality, Dr Kevin Fong, who told them: "It could be you up there one day — you just need to work hard."