CHAPTER ONE - The advertisement
CHAPTER TWO - Choose me!
Maryland Primary School,
European Space Operations Centre
Robent- Bosch- straBe 5,
Dear Major Peake,
I am writing to you to enter the competition: ‘take me into space.’ With my skills I think I am the best candidate for the job. In this letter I will explain the reasons why. Firstly I think I am beneficial for this role because I am passionate and confident about space. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the first child in space. Also I want to experience weightlessness and how astronauts feel. I think it would be enchanting to experience space.
Now, I am going to tell you the main three reasons for me to enter space. First of all, I am one of the top highest scientist in my year group: I achieved 99.9% which would definitely help with the experiments we do in space. Secondly, I love spending my time with technology which would help with malfunctions in the rocket. I am really good at Minecraft. Last of all, I love working in teams which really helps in space as you are going to depend on other people to survive. For example when I help people around me I help to discuss ideas and support when my friends correct their work.
I know there would be lots of reasons for rejecting me: lots of people apply but if you read the 2nd paragraph again: I am the top scientist in my class please bear that in mind. I have advantages nobody else has for example: I’m fit, I can run a marathon, I have cycled In the tour de france. It felt amazing but hard but I still went through it which means I think I’ll be able to do everything in space. Fantastic at science. What more can you ask for?
Please would you let me know as this for me is an opportunity and a chance to fulfill my dreams and, think about it, the skills I have is probably what you are looking for. I hope my argument is strong enough. Do we have a deal?
CHAPTER THREE - Launch day
As I gaze out of the porthole on our planet, I am struck by the technology that 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 loading base in Kazakhstan getting ready of a lifetime.
Preparation has taken two years. Training has been very challenging as I was in between Houston and Moscow. When I do the training there’s no one with me which is called isolation training. We had to do it in a cave, it felt scary as it was pitch black. Throughout the training, I felt nervous as I couldn’t wait to reach the ISS to start my mission. After my training my crew and I carried out important research on the human body . When we carry out these experiments we are in total concentration. This training has made me treasure every moment. We trained underwater in order to experience weightlessness.
At the launch i could feel the velocity of 1100 mph. I felt really dizzy and sick as we were going at such an incredible speed. To me it was a job like no other. When I was up in the air, the boosters dropped away . We were 48 miles high,it was the best thing I have ever experienced because it was my first time that I realised that I’m going on board the ISS. I had to pinch myself because when I looked out the porthole it was amazing because I could see the colour from white , there was a little bit of blue and then so much blue, then the window turned pitch black.All I could see was the midnight stars.I was tightly strapped in my seat and just when we felt zero gravity I felt as if somebody was punching me. I knew we had hit zero gravity because the pointer was floating.
When we docked on the ISS I was the first crew member to enter the ISS by grabbing onto handles to climb into my new home. It was the most fascinating thing I have experienced and I couldn’t believe I was in space. The other crew members were greeting me kindly. After a while we skyped home but i wasn’t still i was floating about. It was good to speak to Mum and Dad because i really missed them.
My first 24 hours were really rough, my ears and brain felt a lot of pain. But I have to say the tea tastes really really lovely. But once you’re seeing black spots that’s when you get really really dizzy but still I dealt with it. I know it because my eyes and brain don’t match, so it makes me feel disorientated and uncomfortable. In the ISS there’s 10x more carbon dioxide (co2 )than on Earth. Also at least once a week I must prepare to run on the treadmill as I want to run on the London marathon . This evening, I have been practising the famous astronaut somersault I’m slowly mastering it but as we all say practice makes perfect.
I better go to sleep now I have to wake up early in the morning because i got lots of experiments to do.