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How! Major Tim Peake talks to Fred from International Space Station

"Way better than I'd imagined." That's the reaction from astronaut Major Tim Peake, giving his first news conference from the International Space Station, orbiting more than 250 miles above the earth.

Fred was among the journalists at the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne in Germany, who fired a range of questions to him.

And among the answers: Thanks, greetings and best wishes to his friends and family in West Sussex and his former colleagues at the Army Air Corps at Middle Wallop in Hampshire.

How! Major Tim Peake greets Fred from International Space Station

Major Tim Peake has given a press conference from the International Space Station, three days after he became the first Brit to leave Earth's atmosphere since 1991. The first question came from our very own Fred Dinenage - and the pair exchanged 'How!' greetings.


Abort! Abort! Disaster for Fred as he crashes Soyuz rocket simulator

Fred thought he would make the perfect astronaut - until he tried a simulator of the Soyuz rocket at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany. The rocket carried Major Tim Peake safely to the International Space Station. However, well into the flight, Fred developed a few problems...


Peake performance - Major Tim spends first day in Space Station office

"A spectacular day in the office". That's how Major Tim Peake's mother has described her son's historic journey to Space.

The former helicopter pilot from Sussex has spent his first day on board the International Space Station - BUT his first priority was to phone home. He made a video call to his family back on Earth. Mel Bloor reports.

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The Queen sends good luck message to Tim Peake

The Queen sent her best wishes to Major Peake and the crew. Credit: PA

The Queen has sent a good luck message to Tim Peake after he arrived on the International Space Station.

The message, which was tweeted, said: "Prince Philip and I are pleased to transmit our best wishes to Major Timothy Peake as he joins the International Space Station in orbit.

"We hope that Major Peake's work on the Space Station will serve as an inspiration to a new generation of scientists and engineers.

"The thoughts and prayers of the whole country are with him and the crew, especially at this time of year.

"We join with his friends and family in wishing him a productive mission and a safe return to Earth."

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