Former British Army helicopter pilot and astronaut, Tim Peake, has safely returned to Earth after six months in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He was the first British citizen to be selected for Europe’s astronaut program by the European Space Agency.
Peake’s journey to the ISS began in September 2009 when he began the intensive 13 month training course to give him the skills for living and working in space. On December 15th 2015, Peake blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket to begin his incredible adventure in space which has captured the imaginations of the British people.
Peake’s capsule, which included NASA astronaut Col Tim Kopra and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, completed its de-orbit to enter the Earth’s atmosphere at about 10am UK time. It then landed by parachute in a remote spot in Kazakhstan 15 minutes later. Speaking briefly to journalists he said he is going to “miss the view” from the ISS.