20 May 2013, 23:09

Tim Peake to become first UK astronaut

МКС космос

Former army helicopter pilot Tim Peake will blast off on Soyuz rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in November 2015.

"I'm absolutely delighted by the decision," Peake told reporters at a press conference in London on Monday. "It really is a tremendous privilege to be assigned to a long-duration mission to the ISS."

For the next two and a half years, Peake, 41, will train as a flight engineer for the six-month mission during which he will carry out scientific experiments and be eligible for spacewalks.

Voice of Russia, TASS, The Guardian

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