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Tim Peake speaks about space travel and Harwell

The Sussex astronaut Major Tim Peake says he would return to space in a heartbeat, but is looking forward to spending time with his family. He was speaking at a press conference from the European Space Agency's base in Germany.

The conference was an opportunity for him to share some of his experiences and explain what it is like, now that he is back on earth.

When asked by a newspaper journalist from Oxfordshire about his thoughts on the science park at Harwell in the county, he said the complex provided a valuable service.


Fred chats with Sussex astronaut Tim Peake

Three days ago, Fred Dinenage was invited, along with a select group of journalists, to the Royal Institution in London for a special audience with Tim Peake.

With just six weeks to go on his mission it was one of the last opportunities to interview the Sussex astronaut on board the International Space Station.

We showed you a few snippets of Fred's chat on Tuesday but here's a fuller report of his interview with the man floating more than 200 miles above our heads.

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VIDEO: Which question leaves astronaut Tim Peake stumped during live link-up with Kent schoolchildren?

Kent schoolchildren had the chance to fire questions at astronaut Tim Peake, as he flew overhead aboard the International Space Station today.

Pupils from 23 schools came together to ask him questions via radio link-up from Wellesley House School in Broadstairs.

One question asked by a little girl called Scarlett left him stumped: "What is your favourite Shakespearian quote?", she asked.

But science is clearly his strong point and his answer was inspiring.

WATCH : Kent school children have some surprising questions for astronaut Tim Peake

There were worrying moments at the start of the live link-up when Tim Peake didn't seem able to hear messages from the school.

Science teacher Kerry Sabin-Dawson said: "There was so much tension in the room, waiting and hoping he would hear us. But he did and that was a wonderful moment."

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Freedom of Chichester for astronaut Tim Peake

Freedom of Chichester for Major Tim Credit: ITV

Chichester City Council has voted to confer the Freedom of the City upon astronaut Tim Peake

The council will now be sending a message to Major Peake via the European Space Agency to ask if he will accept the honour when he returns from his six month mission on the International Space Station.

Tim Peake was born in Chichester and attended the city's High School for Boys, which has named its science centre after him. He was also a member of the local air training corps during his formative years in the City. His parents live just outside the City.

He is the first British born European Space Agency astronaut, and in January became the first Briton to take part in a space walk.

The Freedom of Chichester is an honour that was adopted by Chichester in 1901 but has its early origins in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.


Tim Peake spacewalk ends early for safety reasons

Tim Peake's historic spacewalk outside the International Space Station had to be cut short for safety reasons.

Former Army Major Peake became the first official UK astronaut to go on a spacewalk and was due to fix a broken solar shunt, which transfers electricity generated by solar panels.

The mission was ended after four of the scheduled six hours because fellow astronaut Tim Kopra reported seeing a water bubble in his helmet.

The walk was still a major landmark for British space exploration and was watched live from Tim's primary school in Emsworth, Hampshire.

Our reporter Sam Holder watched Tim start his walk with pupils at Westbourne Primary School.

Sam Holder spoke to Beth Bond - a pupil, Lucy Shortman - a pupil, Steven Potter - headmaster at Westbourne Primary School.

Pictures from the International Space Station are courtesy of NASA.

One small step for Tim Peake, one life changing moment for Kent's school pupils

History was made today - as Sussex army major, Tim Peake, became the first official British astronaut - to walk in space where he fixed a power unit, outside the International Space Station. His space mission was expected to last six and a half hours but was terminated early because of problems with the helmet of his fellow spacewalker, Tim Kopra. But for schoolchildren across the South East the spacewalk provided a 'live' science lesson that was, out of this world. Wellesley House School at Broadstairs in Kent was one school where pupils were watching with great interest. Andrea Thomas has been speaking to some of them, along with teacher Kerry Sabin-Dawson.

'Hands-on' approach as Major Tim repairs space station

Major Peake undertook his first space walk when he ventured out of the International Space Station (ISS) to help repair a broken power unit.

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