Schoolgirl Imogen Campbell beat off competition from 7000 hopefuls to win the chance to ask astronaut Commander Tim Peake a question.
Imogen’s question “Has being in space changed your outlook in life?” was put to Tim during a live video link-up on Tuesday. It was one of just 20 questions chosen from 7000 entered to be shown to Tim as part of a nationwide Cosmic Classroom event.
A pupil at Oakhill School in Whalley, Imogen (14) and fellow pupils and staff gathered together for the historic event which lasted an hour. Imogen recorded her question on video and it was played for Tim along with the other 19 winning questions.
The competition was organised by the Space Agency in conjunction with The Times Educational Supplement and schoolchildren across the UK were challenged to come up with an interesting and probing question.
Commander Peake flew into space in December and became the first “official’ British astronaut to do so.
His trip to the International Space Station will last for six months and he has been set a series of tasks and scientific experiments.
A former Army major, he beat off competition from 8000 applicants to be accepted for the programmme that included being put through a series of rigorous medical and academic training.
Commander Peake keeps in touch with Earth via satellite link up and he has demonstrated how space men take a shower by using a bag of water and towel and how to make coffee with no gravity. He was also called on to repair electrical cables outside the space station and the world was able to watch him doing it.