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 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.
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.
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.
There was excitement and wonderment at a Kent school when around 200 youngsters gathered to watch Tim Peake's historic launch into space.
The event was held at the Wellesley House school as part of a special space and science education day.
Around 90 pupils from schools across the South gathered in Farnborough to watch Tim Peake's space launch.
The event was hosted at the QinetiQ headquarters. There was also an opportunity for the students to tour the space labs.
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Major Tim Peake, the Sussex astronaut who grew up in Chichester, has made a successful launch into space on his way to the International Space Station.
This was the moment of take off in Kazakhstan.
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.
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.