As the first official UK astronaut, Tim Peake has today made history. And, while we’re all obviously incredibly proud of our British bro, we also do have some concerns. These are the five things we reckon Tim will struggle with in space.
The proper space etiquette for making tea
In space, Tim will be conducting ‘experiments’. While these are supposed to include educational activities designed to get young people interested in science, there’s one thing we reckon he’s going to need to experiment with. Because, just how do you make tea in space?
Does it taste different? Will he be required to – gasp – put the milk in before the hot water? Or maybe there’s a particular teabag that tastes better than all the rest in zero gravity? On Earth we have tea that tastes like space. So, does space have tea that tastes like earth?
This is the important stuff we need to know, Tim. Make it happen.
Not being able to talk about the weather
Everyone knows that us Brits love a good natter about the weather. But in space, where there is no rain to complain about, what will he be able to talk about for the next six months? Black holes? It’s not like he can resort to asking people how their journey was, another classic conversation opener for us Brits. They’ve all just done the same journey as him!
The effect of sarcasm in outer space
If a British person can’t make a sarcastic quip at least 67 times a day, we actually cease to function properly. So how will Tim Peake fare in space with just a handful of other people? Will he have to take special medication to avoid a sarcasm build-up?
Queuing in zero gravity
As the cornerstone of British society, queuing is one thing that we will not be prepared to give up if we’re forced to escape to the skies. Just sayin’. Will Tim struggle with enforcing an effective queueing system?
Trying to escape the Kardashians
Does the Kardashian ‘influence’ extend to 400 km above Earth? Are their selfies beamed up to space so that astronauts can keep up-to-date with their exploits? We reckon escaping the Kardashians will be difficult even for Peake. But if he does manage it, please can he let us know? Because then we’ll be moving there. Immediately.
What other struggles do you think British astronaut Tim Peake with have in space? Leave your suggestions below, or over on our Facebook page. Alternatively, why not have a read of 8 Strange Things Found In Outer Space.