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Lift off! All the excitement of a historic day

It's been a momentous day for Sussex astronaut Major Tim Peake - the first Briton in space for more than 20 years.

Christine Alsford watched the thrills and excitement of today's mission launch.

Her report contains interviews with Tim's dad Nigel Peake who comes from Chichester, Major Peake's wife Rebecca and the last British astronaut to go into space in 1991, Helen Sharman.

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Tim Peake's spacecraft successfully docks with International Space Station

Tim Peake's spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station after a manual docking.

A message from mission control said: "Congratulations, we were a little bit worried from our side."

The craft was forced to switch to manual docking from automatic. It was not initially clear why.

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Igniting imaginations, schoolchildren react to historic space launch

Astronaut Major Tim Peake who took off for the International Space Station today says he's landed his dream job and he wants to inspire the next generation of space explorers. Spellbound schoolchildren from across Kent came together at Wellesley House School in Broadstairs to watch the live coverage. Sarah Saunders went along and spoke to children and science teacher Kerry Sabin-Dawson.

Watch full package below - starting with the astronomical reaction of local school children.

Celebrations in Tim Peake's hometown as astronaut launches into space

Major Peake says he's landed his dream job - and he wants to inspire the next generation of space explorers. At his former primary school in Westbourne today - near Emsworth in West Sussex - there was no shortage of pupils wanting to follow in his footsteps. Today, the whole village came together - along with members of Tim Peake's family - to watch the rocket launch. Mary Stanley was there - to witness the reaction.

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Pupils from across Kent join to watch historic space launch

Pupils from across east Kent joined together in Broadstairs to watch the historic launch of Major Tim Peake into space.

Around 200 youngsters gathered at the Wellesley House school as part of a special space and science education day.

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All the schools taking part are in a competition to win the opportunity to speak live with Tim Peake from the space station next year.

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