Synopsis:Ask an Astronaut is Tim’s personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission, and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth. It follows on from the record-breaking publication of Hello is this planet Earth?, a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller with sales of 250,000 copies in six weeks, and the fastest selling popular science book since records began.
Accessible, in-depth, and written with his characteristic warmth, Tim shares his thoughts on every aspect of his mission. From training to launch, from his historic spacewalk to re-entry, he reveals for readers of all ages the cutting-edge science behind his ground-breaking experiments, and the wonders of day-to-day life on board the International Space Station.
The public were invited to submit questions using the hashtag #askanastronaut, and a selection has been answered by Tim in the book, which will be accompanied with illustrations, diagrams and never-before-seen photos.
During his mission, Tim conducted numerous ground-breaking science experiments and engaged the British public in ingenious ways. Tim became the first British astronaut to complete a spacewalk and the first person to run the London marathon in space. He spoke to hundreds of thousands of school children back on Earth via events such as the Cosmic Classroom live from the ISS, engaging over 1 million children during the whole mission. He was also involved in other memorable events, such as presenting the BRIT Awards live from space in a dinner jacket. 24 million people watched Tim blast off and over 2 million fans continue to follow his updates across social media. Last year in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, Tim was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, an award given to those who have given distinguished service overseas, or, in Tim’s case, in space.
Tim Peake said: ‘Since returning from the International Space Station, I’ve been amazed by the warm response from thousands of people wishing to know more about my mission and what it takes to become an astronaut. I’m delighted to be able to share my experiences in Ask An Astronaut and to give a unique insight into what life in space is really like.’
Tim is pleased to announce that, as with his previous book, royalties received from the book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Ask an Astronaut ,Tim Peake writes in such an engaging and inspiring way that readers of all ages will be absolutely fascinated by his very personal account of his mission into space.
This beautiful book full of illustrations, diagrams and stunning photographs, is like a conversation with Tim as he shares his own experiences and answers the many questions that he has been asked since his return.
Included in the chapters, are details about the Launch, Training, Life and Work on the ISS, Space Walking, Earth and Space, Return to Earth, and Looking to the Future. This is a unique book to treasure for generations to come.
We are absolutely delighted that Ask an Astronaut is our Weekend Read Book of the Month.
Photo Credit: The photos below are from Ask an Astronaut by Tim Peake published by Century and is out now.
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Tim Peake’s official ESA photograph
15 December 2015, Launch Day.
Life on the ISS is extremely busy, but on Sundays we usually had some free time to call family and friends back home, whilst watching the world go by!