LONDON — Tim Peake makes history on Tuesday by becoming first British astronaut to go to the International Space Station.
He was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for the mission with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko on a Soyuz spacecraft from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Peake will be there for six months, conducting a series of experiments and updating us all on his progress, which he hopes will inspire people, particularly children, to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
About Britain's First ISS Astronaut
43-year-old Peake from Chichester in the southeast of England has had a long and illustrious career. He graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1992 as an officer in the British Army Air Corps. He served as a platoon commander in Northern Ireland before beginning flight training and getting his Army Flying Wings in 1994.