December 15th 2015


At 11.03 GMT on Tuesday 15th December 2015, UK astronaut Tim Peake took off on a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. He will be spending 6 months on the International Space Station.

Tim’s mission, called ‘Principia’, is to carry out a variety of experiments and communicate his findings to us, back on planet Earth.

If, like us at Sigma Science, you are interested in Tim’s voyage, you might like to find out more. Whether you are in Year 5 teaching the Earth and Space unit from the National Curriculum Programme of Study for science, or you would like to get your class interested, here are some links for you to find out more:

Tim will be carrying out many scientific experiments which will engage children in all aspects of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and hopefully encourage them to become the next generation of scientists.

You and your class can use Sigma Science to learn about the Solar System; sunrise and sunset; gravity; the movement of the sun; the orbit of the Earth and Moon and perhaps create a model of the Solar System. Complement this work by following Tim and watch him conduct live experiments in space!