UK astronaut Tim Peake has been given a date to fly to the International Space Station (ISS).
The date of the mission is yet to be made public but it will not be before 2015.
The European Space Agency (Esa) is to release the details and the date of his mission to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later today.
Peake has been in training for an expedition to the ISS since 2009, and will fly aboard a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
He was a major and a helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps.
Once in orbit Peake will help to maintain the 27,000km/h platform and carry out science experiments in Esa's Columbus laboratory module
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