Kavita met an astronaut and it was out of this world

In June 2016, after six months orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station conducting experiments, walking in space and even running a marathon, Tim Peake returned to Earth in the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module. Now, this historic spacecraft is touring the country, young people will be able to step inside the capsule and even join in a virtual reality experience narrated by Tim Peake which puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule.

To celebrate this event and as children are the future, a new study asked them to consider what human life would be like away from Earth.  When asked what they would leave behind if they were colonizing a new planet, they said nuclear weapons, war, and disease. They chose water, crisps and chocolate as the top things to take with them; we never go anywhere without emergency chocolate. The majority of the kids would extend an invite out to their parents, with some saying they’d appoint adults as the leaders of the new world, we think the panda’s should be in charge.

To discuss this research, the tour and the industry of space exploration, Kavita was joined by the Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager at UK Space Agency, Libby Jackson. Libby was also a flight director on space missions, including the mission that saw Tim Peake visit the International Space Station (ISS). Kavita asked her if time travel was possible…