Tim Peake, the first Briton to fly to the ISS under the national flag, is due to return home in the next 24 hours after a six month stay on board Earth’s most remote outpost, along with Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Astronaut Timothy Kopra, and are due to land in Kazakhstan.
Over the last six months Tim has appeared in a number of PR moves in an effort to get students in the UK to take up STEM subjects, a field the UK is woefully falling behind in, via talking to students from the ISS and headline grabbing news stories such as his completion of the London Marathon from space, controlling a rover from space, or performing the first UK spacewalk. The scientific merits of the mission are likely to be heavily debated however and the effect, if any, on the take up of STEM likely to take a long time to be seen but isn’t necessarily going to be good news, with a recent study finding that since the 2012 London Olympics, which heavily ran under a ‘legacy of sport’ banner, finding that participation in sports has fallen since the Olympics (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…).
For myself however I am going away for most of the week to a place with no internet to thankfully get away from the EU Referendum that feels like it’s gone on forever and the more recent tragic events that it possibly led to with the murder of Jo Cox MP.
That’s my plans for the next few days but what are your plans for the coming weekend and week?