Mission Control: Life In Space for Tim Peake and Principia on board the ISS

Posted on December 4, 2015


Get your tickets for the Principia Mission Launch LIVE at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre on Tuesday 15 December.


Newcastle’s Centre For Life will host an all-day live video event covering British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station on 15 December. Peake is a European Space Agency astronaut whose background is as a test pilot and British Army Air Corps officer.

This is the first time that a British ESA astronaut has visited the station. His mission Principia lasts for five months and will cover many different research experiments, including looking at the properties of metals using the electromagnetic levitator (NEQUISOL and Thermolab), stress caused by space travel and enclosed environments (iVOICE and EPSILON), and human robotic planetary exploration (using remote control – METERON).

UK scientists contribute to international projects on board the station in the hope of improving life on Earth, through better medical techniques or strong lightweight materials, and to help plan for future space missions. Peake, who arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 30 November to prepare for launch, is using his presence to help promote science, space travel and research to a generation of schoolchildren. Activities such as creating a space diary, competitions to make a film about space travel or win a photo taken from outer space, and a free mini astronaut’s handbook are all available from the Principia mission site.

Life’s all day event is part of Destination Space, joining 20 discovery centres across the UK to screen the launch, in association with the National Space Centre in Leicester, the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, and London’s Science Museum. Entry to the event is included in the Centre For Life admission price

Follow Tim Peake’s exploits on Twitter via his personal account (@astro_timpeake) or see what’s current in space science at @ESAScience

Tim Peake tweet

Posted in: ESA, Research, Robotics, Space