Gone But Not Forgotten
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Did I mention that Tim Peake went to the same school as I did?
Ahh yes...I forgot about him..."Piers Sellers, a Sussex-born scientist who moved to the US and flew three missions as a Nasa astronaut, said: “It’s wonderful to finally see an official UK astronaut go into space – something that all the rest of us have hoped for for years. I sure that Tim Peake will do a great job on station and that thousands of British kids will follow his adventure and be inspired by it. The Apollo programme did that for me.”"
Nope...words fail me.Apparently the space station is going to get a shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration .. .. sweet !
Just hope Major Tim doesn't do a Major Tom this time.Tim Peake, Britain's first official astronaut, is returning to space
Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
26 January 2017 • 9:52am
Tim Peake is heading back to the International Space Station, Greg Clark, the Business Secretary has announced.
Major Peake became Britain's first official astronaut in December 2015 and spent six months on board the ISS.
On Thursday, the Russian Soyuz capsule that brought Major Peake back down to Earth was unveiled at the Science Museum in central London where it will now be on permanent display.
Unveiling the spacecraft, Mr Clark confirmed that the astronaut will be heading back to the ISS.
"Tim Peake will be returning to space aboard the ISS," he told journalists. "The space sector is an important and growing part of the UK space agency."
Jan Woerner, director of the European Space Agency, also confirmed that the British astronaut would be returning in the near future.
Speaking via a live link, Mr Worner said: "We have organised that Tim can fly again. We hope you are ready for it, and we hope you are ready Tim."
The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft launched Major Peake into orbit and returned him to Earth following his mission, which began in December 2015.
Refurbished but still singed by the heat of re-entry, the capsule joins other exhibits charting the history of space exploration.
Speaking about the Soyuz spacecraft as it was unveiled, Major Peake said: "It's amazing that it still bears the scorch marks of our entry into the atmosphere at 1,600C, which was punishing.
"The capsule was tightly packed. It's one of the only times in my life that I was grateful for being 5ft 8in."
The Science Museum also made Major Peake a fellow of the museum alongside the Queen and Stephen Hawking and announced that a virtual reality experience of the descent will open in March, voiced by the astronaut.
Acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in December 2016, Soyuz TMA-19M is the first flown human rated spacecraft in the UK's national spacecraft collection.
Must be fake. NASAs ustream feeds show night on where they are.I see they're all still mucking about on the I.S.S. ... their Mums must be furious ..
On the other hand,Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) may have discovered the first case of alien life after allegedly finding bacteria on the hull of the space station.
This bacteria was not there at the launch of the ISS and therefore could have come from outer space.
"Bacteria that had not been there during the launch of the ISS module were found on the swabs," confirmed Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, who was part of a team of scientists aboard the orbiting station.
They are currently being analysed to find out if they really are extra-terrestrial in nature.
Some bacteria originating from Earth (specifically, Madagascar) has been found to survive the vacuum of space after being lifted off our planet by a phenomenon known as "ionosphere lift".
It has been known to attach itself to the surface of the space station which is orbiting 20km above the Earth.