Seynab, Class 11

Seynab, Class 11

CHAPTER ONE - The advertisement

CHAPTER TWO - Choose me!

Maryland Primary School,

Gurney Road,

E15 1SL

22nd March 2016

European Space Operations Centre,

Robert-Bosch-Strasse 5,

64293 Darmstadt,


Dear Major Peake,

I am writing to enter the competition: ‘Take me into space’. With my skills and expertise I just might be the best candidate for the job. In this letter I will explain myself with my reasons why I should be chosen for this. My first reason is that it is my dream to experience weightlessness. If I am chosen it might be a miraculous event to see how weightlessness affects a child. I have been dreaming about the day I reach the ISS. I also want to visit space because I want to see the the Earth from a different perspective.

It would be an amazing opportunity to study the moon and stars.

I’m an ideal candidate because I know Russian which is very useful as the controls in the Soyuz Rocket are in Russian. I am  a world-class scientist and have led global experiments in biology which resulted in the making of the EVA suit (Extravehicular Activity). My favourite part to this was adapting it for spacewalks outside the ISS. I was instrumental in the design of the experiment, I helped to design the EVA suit. This also helped me to demonstrate my abilities. Also I am very creative because I love to design new ideas.  I already have new inventive ideas for the ISS such as designing it to travel  longer distances, perhaps as close as Mars.  

I know you might feel that I am being boastful, but I am merely demonstrating my abilities. If I don’t win I will feel like I have been crushed. I do have the heart and stomach of a female adult astronaut (I do know women make better astronauts!).  Queen Elizabeth the First, my inspiration,  said ‘I may have  the weak and feeble body of a woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’.This quote reminds me of when Neil Armstrong still made it to the Moon,even when his fuel was about to run out, but still made it there safely.

I do hope you will agree and understand the potential I have to be an astronaut.  I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Yours sincerely,

Seynab Mahdi



CHAPTER THREE - Launch day

Date: 18.1.18

Dear Diary,

As I gaze out the porthole on our planet, I’m struck by the technology that delivered us to this space station, when just a hundred years ago the horse was still the common form of transport. Just twenty-four hours ago, I was getting ready for the journey of a lifetime. I was at our base in Kazakhstan where I would be launching from.

The preparation has taken me two years’ worth of training. It's been hard to become the first child astronaut. This was a job like no other. I had to work between Star City, Moscow and Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas. The people at the Space Centre had told me that we were going to be at a constant speed of 1100 mph, which meant it would be a six hour journey. I wondered if maybe one day that i would land on different planet such as Mars

Since training in Star City in Moscow, I’ve been learning Russian, this was because I would be driving a Russian rocket . I felt sick, what if the mission went wrong and we ended up on Mars with no fuel and I never saw my family again? Or what if the rocket blew up? A representative of the European Space Agency gently asked me if I was okay, suddenly I snapped out of my daydream. My family had come to see me off at the launch. I could see them down below, they were waving madly,my mum was crying as if she will never see me again. I was strapped into my seat with the pointer above me. At that moment,  I was thinking about Neil Armstrong’s message “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It made me realise that he was talking about us being a new generation. I heard the engines firing up. I saw the life I’ve been training for, just ahead of me. I thought about my isolation training and being in extreme environments.  I want to treasure each moment of this new life.

Out of the porthole, I saw the colours change from light blue and dark blue to an ominous black. I could see us heading into the abyss of endless space.I felt the punch of zero gravity and the pointer jerked up and then began floating. The lights darkened, I could see the Earth and the Moon which proved to be a spectacular sight. Now I could see it, the ISS, my new home.From the window it looked a magnificent sight.

Everyone said to me that this was a job like no other. It took six hours and 2900 miles to get there. Finally, I had reached the ISS in our shuttle. When we had docked, they let me take the first float on the ISS. I was greeted warmly by many people including Tim Peake, my idol who had inspired me to become an astronaut.

Later that day, we skyped Mission Control, it was nice to hear my mum and dad’s voice. Life here is going to be good, I can tell. Although my head feels dizzy and disorientated, I hope this will be fun despite having to do chores including cleaning the toilets. The first twenty-four hours were the hardest because my eyes and my ears don’t match each other which confuses my brain. Weightlessness feels a little bit scary in case I bump into an object  I’ve been perfecting my somersaults and getting ready for the London Marathon.

Tomorrow I will begin my chores, worst luck!  I’m looking forward to doing the new experiments

That’s all for now Diary.

Chapter 4 - My mission

A dream come true!

By Aisha Kobold

Chief Correspondent for the Financial Times.

The first child in space, Major Seynab Potter  has landed in Kazakhstan after six months on the ISS. During her time there, she carried out more than 20 experiments, did a space walk, took a selfie and a picture of the world at night, then, of course, they researched the all-important question: can we go to Mars?

The sky’s the limit

Today at 12:05 Seynab crash-landed 500 miles north -west from the entrance of the major city of Karaganda, Kazakhstan. She was in the capsule with her fellow astronauts, Frank De Winne and Paolo Nespedi. After she landed back on  Earth, she told us these words:’ I was scared to death because the Soyuz was malfunctioning and we only had the manual hand control for backup and we lost communication with ground control. But I’m so happy that I’m safe and sound’. Unfortunately, the Soyuz crashlanded 300 miles away from the original landing site. But luckily, with the help of some high speed helicopters, the search and rescue team got there in a matter of minutes.