• Astronaut Tim Peake reads 8 year old Roraigh Curran a book from space. (Lost My Name)Source: Lost My Name
Tonight's story time is brought to you by an astronaut from the International Space Station.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

21 Jul 2016 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 21 Jul 2016 - 12:02 PM

Imagine having an astronaut read you a bedtime story - starring you - from space.  

That's exactly what happened to Roraigh Curran, an eight year old boy from the town of Adlington in the north of England, who won a competition by personalised children's book publisher Lost My Name to have an out of this world story time.

The keen reader and space enthusiast, who dreams of exploring Pluto one day, had his version of "The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home" by David Cadji-Newby and Pedro Serapicos read out by astronaut Tim Peake from the International Space Station.

Curran, who is already known as "Space Boy" at his school, also traveled to Cape Canaveral in Florida with his parents Ciaran and Sue to tour NASA headquarters.

"It's amazing. I just like the fact that it's all about me," Curran told the Lancashire Telegraph.

While not everyone can have a personalised story read to them, children all around the world can enjoy listening to an astronaut read them a book as part of the international Story Time From Space project. 

Astronauts on the Space Station video-record themselves reading science-related stories set in space and then demonstrate science experiments related to the story lines that children can do at home.

Titles include "Max Goes to the Moon" by Jeffrey Bennett, "The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm" by LeVar Burton and Susan Schaefer Bernardo, "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Andrea Beaty, and "Moustronaut" by astronaut Mark Kelly.

The videos are posted online so kids can follow along with a story in their classroom or before they go to bed, all in the name of getting more children excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). The organisation's slogan is: "What you cannot imagine, you cannot do". 

Story Time From Space, which is run the nonprofit organisation Global Space Education Foundation, even has its own mission page on NASA's website.