Last month, British Astronaut Time Peake landed on the steppe of Kazakstan, bringing to an end six months in space, or, to be precise, 26 weeks, 3 days, 23 hours, 11 minutes and 50 seconds. And if you want to see how crucial precision was to his return to earth watch this fascinating video.
So, what has the Principia Mission done for science? Has it been worth the £80 million that ministers had to cough up to secure Peake’s place on the mission?
Well the BBC certainly think so:
You can assess the research he has carried out in orbit or the profile he has given to the UK’s space industry or the inspiration he’s provided to a new generation.
Tim Peake has helped to engage over 1 million school children in over 30 projects, which promises to increase numbers enrolling in STEM subjects. He has been involved with a number of ongoing experiments; inflammatory change relevant to asthma suffers, how endothelial cells age and preparatory experiments to prepare for future extended space exploration to name but a few. Lastly he has turned public, media and government attention towards Britain’s previously poorly funded space industry.
We’ve genuinely enjoyed looking into what he actually got up to, please click on the picture below to explore for yourself.