Tomorrow’s scientists enjoyed a truly inspirational and memorable experience today as British astronaut Tim Peake answered questions and conducted scientific experiments live from the International Space Station (ISS).
More than 280,000 schoolchildren in 7,000 schools across the UK also tuned into the Cosmic Classroom event which was organised by the Times Education Supplement (TES).
The main event was held at Liverpool World Museum where 300 schoolchildren, including pupils from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot, watched in awe as the astronaut gave an enthralled audience an insight into life aboard the ISS.
Hosted by space medicine scientist and TV personality, Dr Kevin Fong, six lucky schoolchildren asked questions to the astronaut and watched the 43-year-old perform a couple of fun experiments including showing off his space ping-pong skills.
The live feed last for approximately 30 minutes before Peake signed off encouraging his young audience to “continue doing what you love to do”.
The 43-year-old former army officer became the first British European Space Agency (Esa) astronaut to live on board the International Space Station when he blasted off in December 2015 for the Principia mission which will last for six months as he carries out a series of scientific experiments.
Peake undertook his first spacewalk on January 15 2016 when he spent just under five hours repairing a power unit although the mission was cut short when his US colleague reported water in his helmet.