Students at the Space Studio in Banbury watched British astronaut Tim Peake successfully blast off into space today (Tuesday) as part of Expedition 46.
Mr Peake is part of a three-man team with NASA’s Tim Kopra and commander Yuri Malenchenko, and the trio were in a Soyuz spacecraft as it lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.03am.
Mike Grocott, principal of the Space Studio, gathered pupils in the hall where they tweeted a message of good luck to Mr Peake and watched via video link as the rocket left Earth for the International Space Station (ISS).
Mr Grocott said: We’ve been working with the students before the mission and they have been learning about the astronaut’s physiology and their food and diet when up in space. I have also been going into primary schools to teach children from foundation to Year Six about the Tim Peake Primary Project and it has been brilliant and exciting to inspire them to take a future career in space.”
Mr Peake will spend 173 days aboard the ISS and will return to Earth in June 2016. While up in space he will work on science experiments and also take part in the London Marathon on a treadmill in the space station in April.
For more details about the mission click here.