On Friday 15th January some of Irchester Primary School pupils watched Tim Peake and Tim Kopra go out of the International Space Station. They went out to fix a solar panel relay box, and to put in a new cable. That might not sound very exiting, but in space going outside is very dangerous! Children from year 1 to year 6 came into the Lab to watch at lunchtime, because that was when they first went out of the airlock. It was exciting because he was the first British astronaut to do a spacewalk! After lunch some year 5’s came into the lab to watch some more, and to find out as much as possible about what life is like for Tim and the other astronauts on the ISS. We really enjoyed watching, especially when they stopped to take selfies! It was very tense because they had to unclip their safety harnesses when moving around, and if they let go they might have drifted off into space! Tim Peake had to get the cable through a small gap between bits of the space station, and only just squeezed through!
Then it was home time and we had to stop watching, but we saw on the news what happened next. Tim Kopra’s space helmet started to fill up with water; this was probably because his cooling suit had a leak. For that reason they were both told to come back inside the space station straight away: they were only out for 5 hours when they were supposed to be out for 6 hours. They still got all the important repairs done though, we’re really glad it went well and we got to watch!
We’ve still got the live video feed showing on a screen in the library shared area, so everyone can see what is happening in the space station whenever they go past! You can watch too from the NASA website here: NASA ISS Live Feed.