YOUNGSTERS from Major Tim Peake’s old primary school watched the launch live from Westbourne Social Club.
For months they have been studying space and looking into what he will be doing on his historic mission.
The 43-year-old has already made clear one of the most important aspects of his six-month mission on the International Space Station is to inspire the next generation of scientists and mathematicians.
He is already inspiring pupils from Westbourne Primary School, which he attended.
Eleven-year-old Carys Ellis said: ‘It was really amazing.
‘I didn’t think I could watch because my heart was beating really fast for the countdown.
‘The best bit was when we saw the bits come off the rocket.’
Harry Foster, also 11, said: ‘It was really, really cool.
‘He is really cool. When we did the countdown I felt nervous and excited all at the same time.’
Asked whether Major Peake had inspired him to follow in his footsteps, he said: ’Space is a really cool subject but I don’t want to be an astronaut.’
Year 5 pupil Beth Bond said:’I’m really proud of Tim.
‘It’s really inspiring for all the people here.
‘It shows that we can do stuff that is amazing.’
Youngsters have been learning about all aspects of space at school.
Experts from satellite company Airbus, based in Portsmouth, spent the day with pupils doing experiments.
They attempted to replicate what life will be like for Major Peake for the next few months.
A wooden replica of the Mars Rover is currently on display in the assembly hall.
Teacher Stuart Garbutt said: ‘The children have found it fascinating.’