Nepal | September 26, 2020

British astronaut tells Nepali students to follow their cherished dreams

Kokila KC
Share Now:

Students from seven schools were allowed to ask questions to Tim

Tim Peake

FILE – In this Tuesday, December 15, 2015 file photo, British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Photo: AP

Kathmandu, January 20

Timothy Peake, the first British European Space Agency astronaut, who is popularly known as Tim, today advised Nepali students to follow their dreams when an eighth grader Rozway Regmi of Naxal-based Brihaspati Vidhya Sadan High School requested him to say something to students listening to him.

UK astronaut Tim Peake KG5BVI said, “Follow your dreams. You need to find out what you are passionate about and what you are enjoying.”

BVS had organised a programme on its premises where students from seven schools in the Kathmandu Valley were allowed to ask 24 questions to Tim.

The Ham Radio which is also called Amateur Radio, placed on the school premises and operated by Pravin Raj Joshi 9N1KK was connected to another Ham Radio in Kingston, South Australia operated by Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI at around 1:50 pm by a mediator in Sweden reached through phone.

Later at around 2:21 pm, the Ham Radio in Australia was connected to International Space Station. Students talked to Tim for around ten minutes.

Since the students had very little time to talk to Tim, they just fired questions at him but unfortunately, out of 24 questions only 17 were answered due to technical problems.

In queries of students about his inspiration and detrimental effects on body when living for a long time in space lab, Tim said that he was inspired by Neil Armstrong the first person to walk on the moon and that it was not easy to work in ISS.

He further said that they do some sort of exercise for two hours every day to keep them physically fit.

He also advised students who aspired to be astronauts to study various subjects such as science, engineering and maths.

Sambriddhi Ghimire, a tenth grader from BVS, shared her experience stating that since she was the first student to ask question and the connection was very poor she could not understand what he said.

“I was very excited and a little bit nervous too while asking the question,” she said. She asked Tim about the most beautiful view from space.

Last #aurora photo from this morning’s masterclass with @stationcdrkelly. #moon #night

A photo posted by Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) on

Mimansha Dhungel, a tenth grader at LRI School, said talking to an astronaut far away in the space was a rare opportunity although she could not ask her question due to connection problem.

After hearing communication between students and Tim, British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris said that the conversation between students and Tim was amazing.

“We are celebrating 200 years of relationship between Nepal and Britian this year and the event today just took the relationship to a whole new level,” he said, adding, “It was a tremendous moment and the students did a fantastic job.”

Various distinguished people such as Sudip Pathak, member of the National Human Rights Commission, Ganesh Shah, former minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Balananda Sharma, retired lieutenant general of the Nepal Army, Satish Krishna Kharel, president, Amateur Operator Nepal, representatives from various international non-government organisations, teachers and students from various schools had a very first experience of talking live to an astronaut through Ham Radio.

The ISS was moving at 7.8 km per second some 410 km above the earth when the students were talking to Tim.

Tim is the sixth British-born person to visit the ISS and the Seventh British –born person in space.

A version of this article appears in print on January 21, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Perfection of Wisdom: Sacred texts of 'Pragya Paramita' inscribed in gold

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 25 The holy book of 'Pragya Paramita' (Perfection of Wisdom) being inscribed in golden letters by guthi members for its preservation at the Golden Temple in Lalitpur on September 24, 2020. Thursday. The holy book contains transcriptions of Buddhist scriptures and is rewritten Read More...

COVID-19 pushes more children into poverty

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 24 The number of children living in multi-dimensional poverty has soared to approximately 1.2 billion due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new analysis published by UNICEF and Save the Children today. This is a 15 per cent increase in the number of ch Read More...

One buried to death, five missing in landslides

BHAIRAHAWA, SEPTEMBER 24 One person died and five others went missing in landslides at different places in Palpa this morning. In Surangdanda, ward 2 of Rambha Rural Municipality, Motisara Gaha, 27, died when a landslide buried his home. Similarly, in Phoksingkot of the same ward, five persons Read More...

In-person classes start in Sudurpaschim

DHANGADI, SEPTEMBER 24 Schools, which had remained shut for long due to the coronavirus pandemic, have started in-person classes in different districts of Sudurpaschim Province. The schools were closed for the last six months after the government imposed nationwide lockdown to stop the virus s Read More...

Students of public schools deprived of education

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 24 Hundreds of students, mostly from public schools, across the country continue to be deprived of education due to lack of their access to electronic mediums like the internet, television and radio. The Ministry of Education has been encouraging educational institutions t Read More...

SAARC Council of Ministers holds virtual meeting

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 24 Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali urged member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation to explore all viable options to hold the 19th SAARC Summit. Delivering his opening remarks at an informal meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers Read More...

Panel recommends effective handling of COVID crisis

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 24 The Parliamentary Sub-committee of Education and Health Committee of the House of Representatives has recommended the Government of Nepal to provide a report of real time polymerase chain reaction tests to the concerned persons without delay. The authorities concerned u Read More...

NMA Birgunj chapter asks doctors to wear black bands at work

BIRGUNJ, SEPTEMBER 24 Nepal Medical Association Narayani chapter Birgunj has protested the mistreatment of agitating Dr Govinda KC, who had started his 19th hunger strike demanding quality health service and medical education. NMA Narayani chapter also asked doctors to sport black bands at Read More...