Assembly: First British Astronaut on the ISS

This week I’m giving a guest presentation at the daily school Assembly, to share with the pupils some exciting news – the first British Astronaut on the International Space Station! (The first Briton in space was Astronaut Helen Sharman, who flew on the Soyuz to the Mir Space Station in 1991)

On Wednesday the 15th of December, 2015, Astronaut Tim Peake will be taking a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station along with two others. The name of his Mission is Principia, and he will be carrying out 30 science experiments during his 6 months on board the Station.

This is the presentation I will be giving at Assembly:

The version with notes to the slides can be found here:

If you have some classroom time to learn a bit more about Tim Peak, the Principia Mission, and the International Space Station. Here are some more resources below.

Where is the ISS?

Take a look at where the ISS is at this very moment!

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Why is it important that we work together?

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How do you become an Astronaut?

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What is Life on the ISS like?

Here are a range of videos about life on board the International Space Station:


How do you train to become an astronaut?

Here are some videos about the training that Tim Peake went through to prepare him for being an Astronaut on the ISS:

Here is more information about Tim’s Mission:


Other Resources

ISS Primary Education Activity Kit:

Some other videos about Astronaut Tim Peak from the BBC:

National STEM Centre Resources for the Principia Mission: