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Countdown for British astronaut's mission to space

Countdown for British astronaut's mission to space

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On 15 December 2015 Tim Peake will be making history as the first British European Space Agency ESA astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Tim will be undertaking scientific research during his six month stint aboard the ISS. His mission, Principia, is based on Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica – a book describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

To celebrate the historic occasion, the UK Space Agency will hold a special launch-day event in the capital and 16 smaller events at discovery and science centres across the country.

The launch events will complement the £3m programme of education and outreach activities being run by the UK Space Agency to harness the inspirational power of Tim’s mission, to help bring the excitement of space to classrooms and venues across the country and encourage interest in STEM subjects.

Science minister Jo Johnson said: “Tim Peake’s launch in December will be a historic moment for the UK in space, and marks the culmination of our partnership with the International Space Station.

“Our £80 million investment in the International Space Station programme supports pioneering research and will inspire Britain’s next generation of scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of science here on Earth."

Tim Peake said: “I feel privileged to be part of this incredible adventure in international cooperation....I feel part of a big family working for science, for new technologies, and for the education of our younger generation.”

Readers can watch the launch via ESA TV or by organising their own event with assistance from the UK Space Agency’s events pack.

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