In December 2015, Major Tim Peake made headlines across the country as he was announced as the first British astronaut to be sent to the ISS by the European Space Agency.
The 44-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex spent a total of 186 days in space, where he achieved a number of feats, including conducting over 250 scientific experiments, performed a spacewalk, ran the length of the London Marathon on a treadmill and inspired over a million school children with several educational outreach activities.
On the morning of the 26th January 2017, Soyuz TMA-19M, the spacecraft which carried the Major into space, was put on display at London’s Science Museum. Here, Major Tim Peake would make headlines again with an announcement which accompanied the display.
Stood proudly by the Russian built Soyuz space capsule, Major Tim Peake announced that he would be returning to the International Space Station again, something he proudly announced he was “hugely excited” about, while speaking to reporters from Sky News. In a previous interview following his first trip to the ISS, Tim had stated, he “would return to the ISS in a heartbeat.”
Speaking about the upcoming venture, Tim cited, “It’s what every astronaut wants to do. Myself and my classmates from 2009, we are all going to get the second mission to the space station which is wonderful. The work that is being done on board the space station is incredibly important and also tremendously exciting as well. It is only natural to want to return. The one thing you miss is the view of planet Earth, of course. It is the most spectacular thing you can possibly see. But also being involved in the space programme is hugely rewarding.”
Reminiscing on his time spent on the Soyuz TMA-19M on his previous mission, Tim commented, “It is wonderful to see it … still bearing the punishment scars of coming back to Earth through Earth’s atmosphere. The last time I saw this was in Kazakhstan in June last year, it’s wonderful to have this here in London.”
Read the full Sky News interview here