It’s certainly a big day for British space enthusiasts as Tim Peake, Britain’s first official ESA astronaut takes off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to rendezvous with the International Space Station.
Although, not the first Briton into space, that honour goes to chemist, Helen Sharman who was a member of the 1989 ‘Project Juno’ mission which lasted just under 8 days. This was a privately funded mission, although the Soviet Union covered a financial shortfall on direct instruction from President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Other Britons’ who had gained American citizenship also flew on several NASA missions, but it’s Major Tim who is Britain’s official entry into the space race.
He will spend six months in space carrying out many experiments, as he orbits 240 miles above the Earth.
Another encouraging thing for me is there’s plenty of television coverage here in Britain prior to the lift off, which reminds me of those days during the sixties when real space travel briefly took hold the public’s imagination.
God’s speed and the best of British, Tim.