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British astronaut Tim Peake arrives at ISS

By T.K. Randall
December 15, 2015 · Comment icon 9 comments



Tim Peake trained for years in preparation for the trip. Image Credit: NASA
The Soyuz spacecraft has successfully arrived at the station following a tense manual docking maneuver.
The first British citizen ever to be selected as an astronaut by the European Space Agency, Peake, along with Russian commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, blasted off from Kazakhstan earlier today from the same spot Yuri Gagarin launched from when he became the first human in space all the way in April 1961.

The launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome went without a hitch however an issue upon arrival meant that Malenchenko had to take control of the spacecraft and dock with the ISS manually.

Peake will be spending six months aboard the International Space Station where, among other things, he will attempt to run a marathon while weightless and strapped to a treadmill.

"After a gap of 24 years since Helen Sharman flew to the Mir space station, the Union (Jack) flag is going to be flown and worn in space once again," he said.

"What that means is that there's nothing to stop the schoolkids in Great Britain today from being amongst the first men and women to set on foot on Mars in the future."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
I hadn't realized that the Brits weren't participating in the manned space program. Congrats to the brits for finally joining the party!
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
I hadn't realized that the Brits weren't participating in the manned space program. Congrats to the brits for finally joining the party! Yeah, was not aware of this at all myself. Good for them!! And him, of course.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey 7 years ago
Does the ISS have tea making facilities? Serious question that started as a British joke..
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Does the ISS have tea making facilities? Serious question that started as a British joke.. Hear your joke! But as far as I know all international occupants of the ISS are provided, somewhat, with their cultural food and drink, if agreeable to the specific astronaut and otherwise allowed per nutrition and safety protocol. That is, a Russian cosmonaut likely has different approved food than, say, an American astronaut.
Comment icon #5 Posted by LV-426 7 years ago
Does the ISS have tea making facilities? Serious question that started as a British joke.. Not sure about tea... more like pee! An Inside Look at the Water/Urine Recycling System on the Space Station
Comment icon #6 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
Tea on the ISS? I think this is another question for Waspie
Comment icon #7 Posted by Mark56 7 years ago
"Tea on the ISS?" I was thinking more like Scotch. You know, an an alternative to all that Vodka that's probably floating around up there.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Merc14 7 years ago
"Tea on the ISS?" I was thinking more like Scotch. You know, an an alternative to all that Vodka that's probably floating around up there. Right there with ya sir but I think this new gen astronaut bares little resemblance to the aviators that I was brother to.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
If there are Russians, there will be tea but perhaps no samovars in the ISS. I understand they have odd habits like putting strawberry jam in tea, I've tried that, it's OK. The British Army used to put rum in tea, this was called "gunfire". Warmed the chaps up before going over the top. And a few years ago. Corporal Stewart Hefti, RAAF, set the world record for looping the loop while drinking a rather large mug of tea - 14 loops. http://www.samovartea.com/5-steps-to-the-ultimate-russian-tea/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211038/RAF-man-drinks-tea-doing-14-loop-loops-break-bizarre-wo... [More]


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