Lecture 1 - Lift Off

Tim Peake helps Kevin answer what keeps astronauts safe and on track as they're propelled into orbit.

Lecture 2 - Life in Orbit

How to survive life in orbit

Lecture 3 - The Next Frontier

Kevin investigates how the next generation of astronauts will be propelled across the vast chasm of space.

Lecture 1 - Lift Off

In the first of the three annual children's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures space doctor, Kevin Fong, explores and probes second by second what it takes to "Lift Off" into space. With Tim Peake, Britain's first astronaut on the International Space Station, only days into his 6 month mission, he'll be helping Kevin answer what keeps astronauts safe and on track as they're propelled into orbit.  

How do you control the energy of 300 tonnes of liquid fuel? What happens to your body if you don’t wear a spacesuit? And how do you catch up with a space station travelling at 17,500 mph to finally get inside? 

With explosive live experiments, guest astronauts in the Lecture Theatre and Planetary scientist, Monica Grady, direct from the launch pad in Kazakhstan, we’ll learn this and more as we recreate those thrilling minutes of "Lift Off". 

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