Astronaut Tim Peake is quizzed by Kent school pupils

A child puts a question to astronaut Tim Peake Image copyright RSGB
Image caption Children put a variety of questions to Tim Peake as he sat aboard the space station

Schoolchildren in Kent have quizzed astronaut Tim Peake about space in a live webcast.

Pupils from 23 schools joined students at Wellesley House School in Broadstairs to speak to the astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS).

It was the seventh in a series of UK-wide events designed to inspire scientific interest in pupils.

The astronaut is on a six-month mission for the European Space Agency.

On Sunday, he is set to run the equivalent of the London Marathon on a treadmill on board the ISS.

Image copyright Bromstone Primary School
Image caption There were tense moments as the group struggled to establish radio communication

Initially, the group struggled to make audio contact with the astronaut, whose face appeared on a screen on the stage.

Victoria Neilson, spokeswoman for Wellesley House School, said: "It was extraordinary... like one of those movies when they are trying to make contact."

She added: "It was very exciting for everyone".

The project is a collaboration between Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS), the Radio Society of Great Britain, the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

Image copyright Bromstone Primary School
Image caption Experts from the European Space Agency took questions from children before contact was made

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