CHAPTER 1 - The advertisement
CHAPTER 2 - Choose me!
Maryland Primary School
22nd March 2016
European Space Operations
Dear Major Peake,
I, Mr Fazeel , am writing to you for the position of becoming the first ever child astronaut because I am the ideal choice for the competition.I know I will help the ISS. In this letter, I will set out the reasons why I fit the bill.
Firstly, I want to apply as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity and space is one the greatest adventures in mankind’s history. Moreover, I keep on watching one video repeatedly; it is footage taken inside the ISS. Beneath, there is a large camera which records the ISS orbiting the Earth and the view is a unique, beautiful “spacescape” of the Earth, therefore I simply want to see it with my own eyes. I know I would feel like I am in heaven.
Furthermore, I have full confidence that I will be the one as I am excellent at critical thinking. For example, just the other day a group of the most intelligent year 6’s were given a near impossible science question to complete, but after hours and hours of thinking they completely gave up, however as I am a clever student, I researched the question thoroughly. It was ‘Explain why Mars could be our next home’. I used evidence regarding the debate about water and possible evidence of life to Mars. Additionally, I am a brilliant team player, and have come up with great plans which makes sure my team never fails. For example if my team is in a predicament where they have to build a structure without any instructions I use the opportunity to think carefully to brainstorm ideas. The experience has made me realise the importance of the team and I know how important this is for space. Most importantly, I am absolutely fantastic at working under pressure. For instance if there was a problem on the rocket such as losing oxygen I would stay calm and solve the problem whilst others might start panicking. Staying calm in tough situations is a challenge particularly in our school
Though I am aware that others want to apply, let me assure you that I have the skills, the strength, the shape and the brain! I can complete a variety of tasks that some people finds challenging to do. For instance, I am fit, even though I am a little bit small, but this means I can go through tight and tiny gaps to find objects or go inside small places in the spaceship. This would be important in space because if our rocket is jammed then I would go into small places and try to solve it.
If I lose this opportunity I would feel like I lost my lifelong dream so I hope you will select me.
I look forward to hearing from you soon,
CHAPTER 3 - Launch day
As I gaze out of the porthole on our planet, I am struck by the technology delivered us to the space station today when just 100 years ago the horse was still the common form of transport just 24 hours ago, I was in the crew quarters at our landing bus in Kazakhstan getting ready for the journey of a lifetime.
After a long 2 years of training in Johnson, Houston, Texas; then Moscow, Russia. I had to survive in a cave for 12 days in isolation because space is a lonely place. Then I had to dive underneath the ocean on my own. This helped me in beginning to experience weightlessness. After that, I had to undertake activities such as skydiving, free falling and wingsuit gliding in high altitude. This was the hardest part of becoming an astronaut. I spent hours and hours at the gym working and building and training myself to become as fit as Tim Peak. Then I had to practise yoga, which helped me calm down and make me feel as if I was on my own planet, I had breathed in and out to reduce my heart rate and straighten my body postures.
It was a job like no other, I was very nervous because it was my first time on a rocket and it could explode! As I was strapped in my seat, I could feel the adrenaline rushing through my body. The blue light through the porthole was brightly shining, I was terrified so I read several prayers to calm myself down. As I hit zero gravity a pointer came loose and nearly hit my face it was almost like a sudden death. Our engine was stable and we were going 1100 mph. I came to make history…
The next part was the most terrifying which I was not expecting at all. It was so terrible that all I wanted to do was close my eyes and wake up in my nice and cosy bed. It was the docking. Our rocket was vigorously shaking so that it felt as if we were hit by a meteor. Worst of all, I was the first crew member to go through. Why did I volunteer for this? I kept thinking. Though I was proud, but secretly scared to be on the ISS.
Life in space was so rough at the beginning, as I was not used to it, that it made me sick. However the most fun part is floating and bouncing off the walls. I felt famous since I have made history, I am now the first child in space! Now, how amazing is that?! (For some reason, the tea tastes better here than on the Earth.)
Hopefully when I land on sweet Earth I will not feel weird.