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Competition to name Brit astronaut's mission launched

A competition has been launched asking people to name astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station.

Major Peake will become the first official British astronaut. Credit: UK Space Centre

Peake, who is set to become the first Briton to visit the ISS, took time out from his training to talk to school groups and hear some of their suggestions for the mission's name.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The naming competition is just one of many opportunities for young people to get involved in a mission that will shape the future of Britain’s space programme and inspire generations.”

Peake said: “The ISS is a cutting edge research laboratory that is pushing the boundaries of what is scientifically, technically and humanly possibly. My 6 month stay onboard mankind's outpost in space is going to be both challenging and incredibly exciting."

The winning entrant will see their suggested name become the mission's official title and they will receive a signed mission logo.

UK astronaut set for space launch in 2015

Major Tim Peake is set to become the first British man in space for more than 20 years, when he spends five months at the International Space Station in 2015.

Major Peake, a former army test pilot, said his selection is a "true privilege".

Science Editor Lawrence McGinty reports:

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Cameron meets first British astronaut for 20 years

The former helicopter pilot who will become the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station, has met the Prime Minister. Major Tim Peake met David Cameron at Downing Street.

British Astronaut Tim Peake meets the Prime Minister Credit: PA Wire
David Cameron welcomes the first British astronaut for 20 years Credit: PA Wire

UK astronaut will continue Chris Hadfield's 'great work'

The UK's first official astronaut Major Tim Peake told ITV News he wanted to continue Commander Chris Hadfield's "great work" of tweeting pictures from space but would not "inflict" his singing voice on the world.

Cdr Hadfield, from Canada, performed a cover of David Bowie's song Space Oddity while he was onboard the International Space Station.

Maj Peake said he was "delighted" with his mission to space and added that his family were "thrilled" for him.

UK astronaut Tim Peake gives Prince Harry space tips

The UK's first official astronaut and former Apache helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake has given Prince Harry tips on going into space.

Maj Peake said that Harry, who is an Apache pilot, would make "a fantastic astronaut" but added that going into space had to "stem from a passion and desire to want to do it."

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'It's always been my dream to go into space'

Fred spoke to Major Tim Peake in 2010 Credit: ITV news

In 2010, ITV News Meridian's Fred Dinenage went to meet Major Tim Peake after he completed the first phrase of his training to go into space.

"It was absolutely a dream. For me as a test pilot, to become an astronaut is the absolute pinacle of that career" he told Fred.

"The view of the earth. Everyone says that is the most incredible thing to see".

"Learning Russian has been the toughest thing I have had to do. Your up there by yourself. There is no doctor, no engineer so you need to learn all of these skills".

Prime Minister congratulates first official UK astronaut

David Cameron has congratulated Major Tim Peake on becoming the first official British astronaut.

No ground control to Major Tim as astronaut shuns song

Britain's first official astronaut Major Tim Peake said he would not follow Commander Chris Hadfield's example of releasing a music video from space.

Cdr Hadfield, from Canada,gained a legion of fans on the Soyuz space capsule mission to and from the ISS, by performing a cover of the David Bowie classic, Space Oddity.

In a jokey reference to David Bowie fan, Cdr Hadfield, Maj Peake said: "I do play the guitar, but very badly, and I wouldn't inflict my singing on anybody."

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