Inspiring a new generation | Thank you Tim Peake

In a few short weeks, British astronaut Tim Peake will be returning back home to earth from his Principia mission on the International Space Station.

Ever since Tim made his maiden flight into space back in December, we have all been amazed by how he’s been able to take us along for the ride. It’s amazing to think that a British man is currently occupying ISS circling 200 miles above us and over the last six months, Tim has really inspired a new generation to get involved into all things space.

If you’ve not been following Tim on Facebook or Twitter, you really should be. Tim’s been treating us to some amazing views from space with regular photographs of our little world from above. Whilst he’s not keeping to his busy schedule of science experiments, keeping the ISS running and space walking, Tim has been answering followers questions on social media. He’s been able to engage with thousands of us down here on earth as he’s literally across the other side of the world.

We recently visited the National Space Centre in Leicester as Olly has become fascinated with space. He’s always looking out the window to see if he can spot Tim and looking out for stars when it’s clear enough to see them.

The National Space Centre is a brilliant place for families to get a glimpse at the history of space science. There’s loads to do and Olly was in absolute awe of the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets. To see real life rockets within a touching distance is just incredible. Hubby and I were pretty impressed with seeing a Soyuz space capsule too!


We had a fantastic day wondering around the National Space Centre. Olly and hubby got to sit in a replica of a space rocket and we even had a go in the Gagarin Experience simulator.


However, the day was made for us when Olly saw a cardboard cut out of his hero Tim.

Tim Peake cut out

We had some photographs taken as a momento of the day and I sent a tweet to Tim himself showing him our photograph as Olly’s little face is beaming..and what happened next is AMAZING!

Tim Peake liked my tweet on Twitter…. year made!

To be honest, I’m still in awe that a British astronaut can like my tweet 200 miles into space but I can’t get reception on my phone when I go back to my Parents house in Staffordshire.

We watched Tim Peake read ‘Goodnight Spaceman‘ on CBeebies Bedtime Stories recently and it’s brilliant. At the end he waves to the children watching and Olly waved back and looked out of our bedroom window looking for him. I love how Tim has really opened up the eyes of our little ones. Olly is in awe of him and naturally wants to be an astronaut when he grows up!

Thank you Tim for taking us with you on your space adventures and inspiring a new generation of budding space explorers!

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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  1. 29/05/2016 / 9:37 pm

    I didn’t know there was a national space centre – it looks fab! I think Tim is doing a fantastic job x

  2. 29/05/2016 / 10:22 pm

    This made me quite emotional. For me, Tim Peake is a modern day hero to today’s children. He an inspiration and has given children something real to aspire to. He is an incredible man x

  3. 30/05/2016 / 8:47 am

    I went here as a child and it is fantastic. I really want to take my 2 asap as it is so much fun. I am gutted Tim is coming back already as I am loving all the pictures he takes and puts on IG and his updates and videos.

  4. 02/06/2016 / 8:52 pm

    Now that is pretty cool!. He is doing an amazing job out there. I’ve been following him from the start. Incredible guy.

  5. 06/06/2016 / 7:45 pm

    I had no idea about this! It looks like so much fun though.

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