CHAPTER 1 - The advertisement
CHAPTER 2 - Choose me!
Maryland Primary School
23rd March 2016
European Space Operation Centre
Robert- Bosch- Strasse, 5
Dear Major Peake,
I am writing to enter the competition: ‘Take me into space’. With all of my skills, I may be the best candidate for the job. I am going to explain the reasons why I want to go to space.
Firstly I want to go to space because this is a once in a lifetime GOLDEN opportunity. Never before has a child gone into space. Secondly, I want to go to space because I want to see it in all its glory. I dream of gazing out of a telescope or even, to gaze out of a rocket window and see the superb view of planets.Thirdly, I want to go to space because I want to experience zero gravity. I imagine that I could fly and feel free and enjoy my time playing and trying out new tricks. This would be the most amazing adventure. Lastly, I want to go to space because I want to see the amazing glimpse of the galaxies and all the other stars around me. It would make me realise the wonders of our planet and begin to understand exactly how huge and dangerous space is.
Firstly, I think I am the best applicant because I am very good at critical thinking. For example in assembly ,we were talking about a critical thinking subject such as ‘is there life in space?’, I could answer all of Mrs Jackson’s questions fully in front of 400 children. I explained that scientists have recently discovered a new planet and possibly water on Mars. Secondly, I think that I am the best applicant because I am very good at languages. At home I speak Urdu fluently! Learning languages is essential to me because I will be able to read the rocket controls and fly safely, which I understand are in Russian. I know I can learn different alphabets easily because I have learnt lots of languages. I have heard that because someone did not fly their rocket safely they crashed and died, space is incredibly dangerous because there is no atmosphere.This will not happen to me because I would have understood how important the training is from all of that hard work. Secondly, I think I am suitable for the job because I am fit and healthy. This means I will be able to conduct experiments and other activities in zero gravity. I can run a marathon and much more. Another reason I think I am suitable for the job is because I am very good at science as I scored 98% in it. I love conducting experiments for example, my favourite experiment was when we conducted an experiment about thermal conductors on ice cream.Being good at science is important because you have to conduct and lead experiments to send back to Earth.
Clearly, lots of people will want to apply, however I know that I have the advantages that no one else has. For example I am fit, I am one of the best at science and I am good at languages.
I cannot wait to hear back from you.
CHAPTER 3 - Launch day
As I gaze out of the porthole on our planet, I’m struck by the technology that was still the common form of transport. Just 24 hours ago, I was in the crew quarters of our landing in Kazakhstan getting ready for the journey of a lifetime.
Preparation has taken two years. Training has been challenging, it’s about being prepared. I was training in between Houston and Moscow. I had to do an isolation test, so it was tough, but I managed. I had to put my full concentration on the training, any mistake in space would mean you would fail.Being in zero gravity is tricky because you have to learn to control it, but when you have mastered it, then it is fine. This whole process is an extraordinary journey. I must treasure every moment in the training centre because there’s always something new to do. Space will be an extreme environment, this means that I have to be fully prepared. Also to train like an astronaut, I had to learn different languages such as Russian.. I have to wear a spacesuit as in space there is no oxygen. The space suit is especially made so that you don’t run out of oxygen in space. Learning Russian is difficult because you will have to read the space controls. Any mis read word could mean I can’t control the rocket and then you wouldn’t get to the ISS.
This is a job like no other. We were getting ready; putting our spacesuits on. We would be strapped in for 6 whole hours. I had to be calm, relaxed and then everything would be okay. This was quite an emotional moment for me as I will miss my friends and family and especially this planet. The final countdown was commencing ; we were off. When we got high up nearly out of our atmosphere the boosters dropped away. Everyone said good luck before we left.
Suddenly, The blue light became darker and darker, I knew we were finally in space. I was so relieved and exhausted. My first 24 hours in space were tough. I was the first crew member onto the ISS. I was also the FIRST child to go to space. I had to grab onto the handles to float into my new home. This whole day was rough but it was all worth it as I had finally mastered the somersault and now it was fantastic.
This day has been brawny. Its really astonishing that the tea tasted better than the one on earth. I was planning to run the LONDON MARATHON so I was training harder than ever. To master the somersault I had to train myself to get through the basics then the harder steps, so that wasn’t easy either, but I soon got it. I am greatly impressed with myself.