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Saturday, May 18, 2013

British Astronaut Assigned 2015 ISS Stay

Britain's first official astronaut, Major Tim Peake, 41, has been selected to fly on a five-month mission on the International Space Station in 2015, it is believed. The go-ahead for the flight will be seen as a major boost for the UK's space industry. Peake graduated as a European Space Agency astronaut more than two years ago and has been waiting for a space mission since then, Ian Sample writes for The Guardian.
UK Astronaut Major Tim Peake
Peake, who is married with two sons, is considered to be Britain's first official astronaut because in the past those UK citizens who have flown in space have either been privately funded for their missions – such as Helen Sharman who flew on a Russian rocket in 1991 – or have taken out American citizenship, such as Nick Foale and Piers Sellers, who have both flown on the US space shuttle.

Details of his Peake's space station flight are expected at a press conference on Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Science Museum in London. More from The Telegraph and the European Space Agency.

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