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Peake's spacecraft separates into three for landing

A Soyuz rocket on another return journey to earth in March this year Credit: Reuters

Tim Peake's spacecraft has separated into three sections as it prepares for the final descent for a landing in 15 minutes.

The split will help the capsule withstand searing heats as it re-enters the earth's atmosphere before a parachute descent onto a remote section of the Kazakh steppe.

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Expectation builds at Tim Peake landing site

Excitement is building among those waiting to witness Tim Peake's landing back onto earth in a remote section of Kazakhstan.

ITV New correspondent Dan Rivers is among the waiting journalists ready to capture his arrival.

Meanwhile, thousands of well-wishers have sent the hashtag #WelcomehomeTim trending on Twitter.

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Major Tim Peake returns to Earth

Major Tim Peake is returning to Earth Credit: ITV

Having spent 186 six days in orbit, Major Tim Peake is due to return to Earth today.

The astronaut from Westbourne, near Chichester, leaves the International Space Station to land in Kazakhstan this morning. He will see his family for the first time in six months.

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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.

Kent probe aims to reach the Moon

The project will cost £3bn Credit: ITV

A financier from Kent is spearheading an ambitious project to send an unmanned probe to the Moon.

David Iron from Faversham is hoping to raise most of the £3bn needed from the public - by offering them a chance to be part of a timecapsule storing photographs and even strands of their hair.

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