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It's #WelcomeHomeTim as Sussex astronaut returns from six months in space

Major Tim phones home when he reaches earth after six months in space

After one hundred and eighty six days in space, Major Tim Peake has returned to earth. The astronaut from Westbourne, near Chichester in Sussex, left the International Space Station to land in Kazakhstan this morning. His journey and willingness to share his experiences with the world have inspired children and adults alike. Mary Stanley reports

Fred chats with Sussex astronaut Tim Peake

Three days ago, Fred Dinenage was invited, along with a select group of journalists, to the Royal Institution in London for a special audience with Tim Peake.

With just six weeks to go on his mission it was one of the last opportunities to interview the Sussex astronaut on board the International Space Station.

We showed you a few snippets of Fred's chat on Tuesday but here's a fuller report of his interview with the man floating more than 200 miles above our heads.


Exclusive: Fred Dinenage interviews Major Tim Peake

ITV News Meridian's Fred Dinenage flew out to Germany to interview Major Tim Peake to find out what it takes to become an astronaut while he was training in 2010.

The 41-year-old agreed to show Fred around the European Space Agency's training facility because he was inspired to study science by the presenter's ITV programme 'How' as a child.

Fred will catch up with Tim on ITV News Meridian at 6pm on ITV in the South.

Dutch astronaut rescued by RNLI

Wubbo Johannes Ockels was onboard a schooner which ran into difficulty Credit: Wikipedia

A Dutch astronaut had to be rescued after his sailing boat got into difficulty off the Sussex coast. Physicist Wubbo Johannes Ockels - who flew into space in 1985 - was in his schooner when its engines failed seven miles from Newhaven last night. He was then towed to safety by Newhaven RNLI.

Wubbo Johannes Ockels flew into space in 1985 Credit: Wikipedia

School visit for "first astronaut"

The first Briton chosen to be an astronaut for the European Space Agency is to visit two schools in Oxfordshire. Major Tim Peake from Hampshire will talk to the youngsters about "the earth, the planets and beyond".

He will first speak in the assembly at Hagbourne Church of England Primary School and then have lunch with children from Harwell Primary school.