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UK's first 'official' astronaut to go on space mission

world Updated: May 20, 2013 01:35 IST
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Major Tim Peake

Britain's first "official" astronaut, Major Tim Peake, has been chosen to take part in a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

The 41-year-old has been chosen to complete the lengthy stay in orbit in 2015, when he will be blasted into space on a Russian Soyuz rocket and take part in spacewalks.

The father-of-two is considered Britain's first official spaceman as previous UK citizens have either secured private funding or have taken out American citizenship to make it into orbit.