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Preparations for Major Tim's spacewalk

Preparations at the space station. Major Peake will undertake his first space walk when he ventures out to help repair a broken power unit.

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Fred steps into Tim Peake's shoes - and takes a look at an astronaut's bedroom

Tomorrow Major Tim Peake will climb out of the International Space Station and become the first official British astronaut to walk in space. For the 43 year old from Chichester it will be the culmination of years of training - but it doesn't end there.

In the second of two special reports, Fred takes us behind the scenes of the European Space Agency in Cologne to show how Major Tim prepared for his mission, but just what is it like to live and work in space?

Fred finds out by asking Jules Grandsire and Dr Rudiger Seine of the ESA, as well as Tim himself.

Fred Dinenage in space! (sort of)

Astronaut Tim Peake has been in space for nearly a month and on Friday he will make his first spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

But you may recall that just before Christmas our very own Fred was privileged enough to visit the European Space Agency - and have a word with Tim just after he landed on the ISS.

While he was there, Fred had a good look around the training facility that Tim himself used to prepare for his six month mission - and even grabbed hold of the controls!

Here's the first of two special reports where Fred also speaks to Jules Grandsire of the ESA, Dr Rudiger Seine, head of training, bio-medical engineer Jennifer Struble and Eurocom's Andy Orth.

Details of Sussex astronaut's first space walk to be revealed

Credit: PA

Further details of Sussex astronaut Tim Peake's first space walk will be revealed later.

Nasa are due to give a briefing on the maintenance task Major Peake will have to carry out when he ventures outside the International Space Station on January 15.

Maj Peake, who's from Chichester, will be joined by Tim Kopra to replace a failed voltage regulator that compromised one of the station's eight power channels last November.

Astronaut Tim Peake thanks the Queen from the International Space Station

The British astronaut personally addressed the Queen in a video message live from the International Space Station (ISS) after she sent him her own well-wishes.

In the minute-long video, Major Peake, who was launched into space last month, thanked the Queen and said he hoped his journey would serve as a symbol of "international collaboration" and help make the world a better place.

The "humbled" astronaut concluded his message with what he believed was the first "God save the Queen" uttered from space.

Floating in front of a camera with a microphone, Maj Peake said: "I'm truly honoured to receive Your Majesty's message, inspired by its wording, and humbled to be able to represent the UK and Europe on board the ISS. I can tell you it's incredible to be able to look at the British Isles for the first time from space.

A message sent by the Queen to Maj Peake shortly after his launch in December read: "Prince Philip and I are pleased to transmit our best wishes to Major Timothy Peake as he joins the International Space Station in orbit. "We hope that Major Peake's work on the Space Station will serve as an inspiration to a new generation of scientists and engineers."

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