On this day in 2016…….

On this day (18 June 2018) 2 years ago in 2016 – Tim Peake returned to Earth with cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko & NASA astronaut Tim Kopra after his 6 month Principia mission!

He described the journey back as “the best ride I’ve been on ever”, adding: “The smells of Earth are just so strong”.

Tim Peake of the European Space Agency (left), Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos (centre) and Tim Kopra of NASA sit in chairs outside the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft just minutes after they landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Saturday 18th June 2016.
Photo Source – (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Children have been inspired by his Principia Mission – in a way that they may not have been interested in space especially from a scientific or mathematical point of view, but have been drawn in through a number of different ways, such as competitions, challenges and experiments!

Principia was the eighth long duration mission for an ESA astronaut and was named after Isaac Newton’s ground-breaking text on physics, Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity physics.

Education and inspiring youngsters was a core element of the Principia mission.  Tim was determined to make Principia an exciting adventure for the younger generation.  As an ambassador for science  and space based careers, he had an intensive programme to inspire children during his stay in space.

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