CHAPTER 1 - The advertisement
CHAPTER 2 - Choose me!
European Space Operation Centre
Robert -Bosch- Strasse 5
Maryland Primary School
22nd March 2015
Dear Major Peake,
I am writing to enter the competition:’Take me into space’.With my skills I am the most suitable candidate for the job.In this letter I will explain the reasons why.
Firstly, I want to go because I want to experience weightlessness and what zero gravity is like.I have seen photos of your training. I want to feel energized and ready to go into space.I also want to go explore space and experience the view through the porthole of the colours changing.It would make me think of the incredible stars because space has an incredible view , something I would never imagine, and remind me of the galaxy we are in.
This is a golden opportunity for a child to go into space and see the different planets.If I get chosen I would feel humble for this opportunity because I would be the first child.I want to see the new ninth planet and even spot some more?
I should get picked because I am interested in technology which will help control the rocket. at home I am the best Fifa gamer which, I know will help me to be the best. You’ve never seen someone with quicker reactions and control, this is what helps me to continually win championships. I am a world class scientist because I get top marks in every test I do.Particularly on experiments, my favourite experiment was when we built a mini rocket with alka-seltzer.I would be able to survive in extreme environments.For example if we lost control of the rocket or if the engine broke, I know that I would be succecful.In the past I have trained for this particular objective, for example engineering .It was tough because it was very extreme and difficult.For example engineering because there was technology that I did not know, but with a cool and calm mind, I was able to engage with the equipment.
I know that you might say that there are other candidates that want to apply but I have abilities that no one else has: the ability to run a marathon.Also I have been caving a lot, so I am fine with small spaces.I believe that I am the most suitable candidate and I am remarkably confident.I hope that I will be the one chosen because I am sure that my skills are needed to go into space. I would even risk my life for this competition, so please let me be the one and only.
So do we have deal?Or not?
CHAPTER 3 - Launch day
I can’t believe that I’m in the space station, today when just 100 years ago the horse was the common form of transport. Just 24 hours ago, I was in the crew quarters at our landing base in Kazakhstan getting ready for the journey of a lifetime…...
As an astronaut, training has been challenging.Seeing the difficult challenges I was worried at first but as time passed I grew in confidence. It has taken two long years for preparation, I have felt proud of myself. You also need to speak a different language which was Russian, particularly as all rocket controls are Russian. It was difficult but little by little you get it. I also did isolati on training in a cave because it is a small space and the ISS is small spaced, that felt tiring because you could not travel as much and it was so cramped. We also trained underwater to begin to experience weightlessness, this part was my favourite because I got to experience 0 gravity .
As I stepped into the Russian rocket I did feel a bit nervous about what was about to happen. I have heard that rockets explode which made me anxious. I reminded myself to be brave and proud.This was like no other job and it is a great experience for me to explore space. When the final countdown started. 5….4….3….2….1….BLAST OFF! We were shooting up at 1100 mph and this resulted in my stomach feeling like it had got punched…... winding the life out of me!
As I gaze through the porthole I could see the colours change from bright blue to dark blue and suddenly it turned pitch black ,I knew I had reached the depths of space. The white light of earth was leaving us, we were off into the unknown. As I hit zero gravity and I felt a punch, the pointer jerked and then suddenly began floating.I am still trying to get the hang of zero gravity because I do feel dizzy and disoriented.
The crew members and I had reached the ISS. Docking was a bit tricky as there was a malfunction but, I grew in confidence. We greet each other as I went into my new home.I grab onto the handles to float into my new home.Weightless feels like you are flying .We took photos and skyped my family to thank them for the support. Seeing everyone back on earth, I suddenly felt lonely because I missed the fun time I spent with my family.
Being onboard has been a pleasure, my first impressions of this space station are . For my evening meal we had a salad, eating food in zero-gravity is . Everything kept floating around me. This evening, I am training for the marathon so I train on the treadmill. It is important to keep fit in space because your body can’t resist without exercise.
This a once in a lifetime experience for me and I have to pinch myself to believe I am in space. However I do feel tired from that journey so I would like to have a rest. I will see you tomorrow. Sleeping will be tricky because I will probably be float around the room!
Good night diary!