Thornhill pupils to watch astronaut Tim Peake launch into space

British astronaut, Timothy Peake.
British astronaut, Timothy Peake.

More than 200 pupils at Thornhill College will watch the launch of British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake into space on Tuesday.

Former British army officer, Tim, will become the first British astronaut to travel into space in 20 years.

The British ESA astronaut will make the 250 mile trip to the to the International Space Station (ISS) when his Soyuz spacecraft launches from from Baikonur in Kazakhstan at 11:03am GMT.

During his six month mission working on the ISS, Tim will use his spare time to support education activities, including the National Space Academy’s project demonstrating fundamental physics topics, Astro Academy: Principia.

Organised by National Space Academy Lead Educator Kevin Abbott, the event will give Thornhill College students the chance to watch the launch live and learn more about the mission.

Kevin Abbott is an outstanding subject specialist teacher, seconded by Thornhill College to the National Space Academy to deliver their engaging curriculum led student masterclasses and teacher training sessions.

“Our best wishes go out to Tim for his mission and our thanks to Thornhill College for taking the time to mark this occasion,” said National Space Academy Manager Dr. Kierann Shah.