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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:
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.
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.
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".
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."
Britain's first official astronaut Major Tim Peake said going to space would be "a real privilege" and to be assigned to that mission felt like a "real high point" in his aviation career.
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