What Tim did next
Four ESA astronauts are currently training at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. For ESA’s newest astronaut Matthias Maurer, it’s been a chance to inspect a mock-up of NASA’s future space vehicle Orion alongside Tim Peake and Luca Parmitano, both experienced astronauts. Tim and Matthias have undergone spacewalk training in the neutral buoyancy pool. Alexander Gerst is also at JSC, training for next year’s long duration mission to the ISS.
“The work that is being done on board the space station is incredibly important and also tremendously exciting as well. It is only natural to want to return,” he added. “The one thing you miss is the view of planet Earth, of course. It is the most spectacular thing you can possibly see.”
Peake became the first British astronaut to join a European Space Agency mission in December 2015 when he blasted into orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He spent six months on the space station.
During his 186 days in space, the 44-year-old former helicopter test pilot and father-of-two from Westbourne, West Sussex, took part in more than 250 experiments. He ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and inspired more than a million schoolchildren with educational outreach activities.
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