VIDEO: Chichester school creates massive message for astronaut Tim Peake

Students prepare the massive message SUS-160223-173014001
Students prepare the massive message SUS-160223-173014001

A massive welcome message was created by Chichester High School for former student Tim Peake as he circled the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS).

The school playing field was chosen for the message ‘Hi Tim’ which it was hoped would be spotted by the ISS and photographed using their sophisticated equipment on board.

However, when the day arrived for the project to take place, Friday November 6, it was raining.

But the team of boys and girls from the school kept painting despite the wet weather.

The idea was to film the whole project for one of the Royal Institute’s famous annual Christmas Lectures, ending with the message pictured from space.

Sadly, the many factors needed for success weren’t in place on the day. These included the angle of the ISS, the weather, and even the angle of the sun.

While there was no picture from space, a drone was sent up to capture the amazing project for posterity.

A video of the day has now been released.

In the Royal Institute blog about the whole venture, Nick Brown, the head teacher at Chichester High School, is quoted, talking about the students’ commitment, “As Head of School, I was blown away by the resilience of our young people in the wet weather but also the sense of pride for their school and community.”

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