• Question: Have you ever gone for a spin in any of the astronaut training devices.

    Asked by Octopus Prime to Simon, Julia, Delma, Andrew, Alex on 9 Dec 2015.
    • Photo: Andrew Winnard

      Andrew Winnard answered on 9 Dec 2015:

      Hi Octopus Prime!

      I have been spun in the centrifuge training that the astronauts use. However, I have been the big swimming pool where they train for space walks and I’ve been in the soyuz simulator. Both at the European Astronaut Centre

      The Soyuz Simulator was a lot of fun as it was as close as you can get to driving Tim Peake’s real spaceship! I found it hard to keep track of where I was in space as you can only see outside with a periscope! After some time I managed to find and dock to the space station without crashing though!

    • Photo: Julia Attias

      Julia Attias answered on 9 Dec 2015:


      I have been on a parabolic flight, also known as the “vomit comet” and have spent 11 minutes in weightlessness! I have felt what it is like to float like an astronaut 🙂 It was very fun! I haven’t been in a centrifuge, but I am quite glad as they can sometimes make you feel very yucky :p I

    • Photo: Delma Childers

      Delma Childers answered on 10 Dec 2015:

      Like Julia, I’ve gone up in the vomit comet, which was awesome! And when I was younger I got to try out a little simulator for landing a space shuttle, which I landed beautifully. 😀 I haven’t been in a centrifuge or any other training devices – luck y Andrew.