Sandringham School in St. Albans is due to take part in the first ARISS contact that Tim Peake will have with UK schools this Friday, 8th January 2016.  The ARISS team in the UK have been working with the school and the following are the details of the event with approximate timings:-

  • 0800 utcLive Web Stream will commence.
  • Between 0800 and 0830 utc, the staff and students of Sandringham will welcome visitors, guests and everyone watching the stream and will present a report of the educational activities and learning experiences that they have been undertaking from the start of the academic year.
  • 0830 utc – The ARISS Team will take over and give an overview of the team, the technical setup and what to expect during the contact.
  • 0845 utc – Preparations for the start of the ARISS contact.
  • 0847-0857 utc – ARISS contact with Tim Peake, GB1SS
  • 0900 utc – The ARISS team will conclude the contact and pass the web stream back over to the students who will then conduct interviews with the students who asked questions, host a Question Panel with representatives from the UK Space Agency and ESA.
  • 1000 utc – The Sandringham School ARISS Contact and web stream will conclude and close down.


The students will be asking Tim as many of the following questions as time permits:

  1. What do you think Isaac Newton would say if he knew that the name of your  mission was based on his book?
  2. If you had a liquid hydrocarbon in space would the intermolecular forces be strong enough to hold it in a ball of liquid?
  3. How are rapid cooling of liquid metals performed in the EML experiment?
  4. The EML is being used to study alloy structure and formation. What are the benefits of using space as a scientific platform?
  5. What would happen to a helium balloon aboard the ISS?
  6. With the EXPOSE-R2 experiment, are you able to predict if any samples will be able to survive outside in space?
  7. What’s the most exciting thing that’s happened to you so far on the ISS?
  8. With your view of earth, is there one thing which stands out visually?
  9. We hear that you are planning on driving the Mars Rover from space, how does that work?
  10. Does gravity affect time and aging?
  11. If you could visit any planet in the solar system (which isn’t gas), which planet would you visit and why?
  12. How does your body feel when you are weightless?
  13. What did you bring with you to the ISS?
  14. Is the sun more powerful in space?
  15. Did you want to be an astronaut when you were a boy and is it like you thought it would be?
  16. As you are communicating with us, do you get the chance to communicate with your family?
  17. If you could send any message out into space what would it be?
  18. What do you think the hardest adjustment in coming back down to Earth will be?
  19. What is the most amazing thing you have seen in space?
  20. Where do you stand on the theory of a multiverse existence and do you think it is possible to find any evidence for or against this in space?