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This is Blue Peter, but mini.

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Expect epic adventures, makes, bakes, badges, pets,

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presenters, and your post.

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We've only got five minutes, so get ready for your Blue Peter adventure.

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Just like you,

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we've been gripped by Tim Peake's amazing six months up in space.

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Hello, Barney, and hi to Blue Peter.

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But there is a way to experience a big part of life on board

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the International Space Station,

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without leaving the Earth's atmosphere.

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To do it, I've had to travel to France,

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because this special plane can recreate weightlessness.

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We've all seen Tim and other astronauts floating in space,

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but what causes this to happen?

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Well, it's all to do with falling.

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Here comes the science.

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The Earth's gravity pulls everything towards its surface,

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including the International Space Station.

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But because the Space Station is travelling so fast

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around our planet, its fall matches the curve of the Earth,

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and that's what stops it dropping to the ground.

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Just like the Space Station, the astronauts inside are falling

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at the same speed, and this makes everything appear to float.

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And that's where this plane comes in.

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It's going to perform a series of steep climbs and descents.

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Every time the plane goes over the peak of the curve,

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everyone and everything on board will start to float,

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just like Tim does.

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From the outside, it looks like any other plane.

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Just like on the inside.

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Until you realise that the other half of the plane

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is a massive, padded room.

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And it's through there that I'll get to experience weightlessness.

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I am so excited.

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But before I get to fly, there's some important work to do.

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Weightlessness can cause big changes to astronauts and their kit,

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so this plane is used to find out how space affects them.

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So, I'm going to be joined by this group of scientists,

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who are all busy preparing all the experiments that they need to

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take up and test during the fight.

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Ulrich's team are the only ones on board who are going to be

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conducting a test on the human body during the flight.

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-Yeah, we are doing an experiment on the heart.

-Ah.

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Because the heart and the vessels do not work the same way in space

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as they do on ground.

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Cristina's team are testing a new robot.

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We'll take soil from an asteroid, and put it into a canister.

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So the scientists can bring the canister back to Earth to study it.

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With the experiments prepped,

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it's time for us to begin the ride of our lives.

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As soon as we are up in the air, we start to get into position

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and lie down in the padded area of the plane.

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You can feel the excitement in here.

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I really don't know what to expect, but...

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This is just going to be amazing.

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The time has arrived.

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The scientists are ready and the plane begins its steep climb.

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Oh, my heart. You would not believe how fast it's beating.

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Oh, wow. Oh, I feel heavy.

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'And then we start to drop.'

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Oh, my goodness. Oh, my goodness.

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Oh, wow. Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!

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I'm starting to float.

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'I had no idea what to expect, but this is utterly incredible!'

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Whoa! I'm floating! Oh, my goodness! What do I do?

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This is the most amazing...

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I'm floating! This is the weirdest feeling!

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Oh, wow!

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That was the most...bizarre feeling of my life.

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'On my next go, I start to get the hang of it,

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'with a bit of help from the team on board.'

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Let's walk on the ceiling.

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Whoa! Look at this!

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I'm walking on the ceiling.

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Waah!

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Can I do a flip?

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Waah!

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SHE LAUGHS

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Oh, my goodness!

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This is the most ridiculous feeling of my life!

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Aaah!

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Whoo! OK, going to try and swim.

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Whoo!

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'It's so fun. But it doesn't last forever.'

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Oh, dear. Oh!

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SHE LAUGHS

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Each period of weightlessness lasts around 25 seconds -

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just enough time for the scientists to carry out their experiments.

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-It's going really great.

-Uh-huh?

-It's good. We get good images,

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from the ultrasound.

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-So you're happy with all the results so far?

-Yeah, really happy.

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-Very stressed doing science with weightlessness.

-Yeah, I bet!

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-But are you having fun?

-A lot of fun.

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Oh, you're going over there.

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-You have no choice where you go, do you?

-I'm sorry.

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'But they're not the only ones with highly scientific experiments to do.

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'I got a few of my own.'

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First up, floating the badge...

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Whoa!

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'..tying my shoelaces...'

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I've got to try and put it on. Haven't got long to do it.

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I got the shoe on, now I've got to do my laces!

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Ah! How does Tim Peake do this?

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Ah! I can't do my laces!

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'How about floating on a magic carpet?'

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Whoo! 'Aladdin made this look really easy.

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'And what about brushing my hair?

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'That's my scientific experiments almost done.

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'But there's one last thing I've always wanted to try.'

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I'm flying!

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I'm a superhero!

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Do you know what, that was just the most incredible experience

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I think I've ever had in my life.

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And to think that I got to see just what it's like for Tim Peake

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to live, work, and do everything that he does up in space,

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is phenomenal.

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I want to go again!

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Join in every Thursday on CBBC.

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Challenges, celebrities, makes and adventures with Barney, Lindsey and Radzi. Lindsey travels to France for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience weightlessness, just like the astronauts on board the International Space Station.


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