Tim Peake Returns From Space

17 June 2016, 05:52

Sussex astronaut Tim Peake is set to return from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday June 18 after spending six months orbiting the Earth.

The spaceman has shared much of his life on board with the public - while conducting scientific experiments, setting multiple world records and presenting awards.

Here are some of the most memorable moments from his time in space.

:: December 15

A Russian Soyuz FG rocket blasted Major Peake into a clear sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.03 GMT. In under 10 minutes he was in space, and after a tense few minutes, his orbiting capsule locked onto the ISS.

:: December 18

Maj Peake answered questions from space in his first press conference. He performed a shaky somersault for journalists watching from the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne, Germany - showing he was not yet quite used to life on board the ISS.

:: December 19 - 20

Maj Peake surprised his parents by leaving them a voicemail from space. Nigel Peake described the message as ``surreal'' and said it would stay on their answerphone machine ``in perpetuity''.

:: December 21

The Briton assisted American Nasa astronauts Tim Kopra and Scott Kelly in a spacewalk. Maj Peake was responsible for getting his fellow crewmen in and out of their suits and safely through the airlock, and also kept in touch with mission control throughout.

:: December 24

The astronaut apologised on Twitter for making a ``prank call'' to someone on earth. He wrote: ``I'd like to apologise to the lady I just called by mistake saying 'Hello, is this planet Earth?' - not a prank call ... just a wrong number!''

:: December 31

A message, in which Maj Peake wished revellers a Happy New Year and completed a celebratory somersault, was beamed to Edinburgh's Hogmanay event and live on TV just before midnight.

:: January 4

Maj Peake addressed the Queen in a video message from the ISS after she sent him her own well-wishes, and concluded his recording with what he believed was the first ``God Save the Queen'' uttered from space. He said he hoped his journey would serve as a symbol of ``international collaboration''.

:: January 15

Maj Peake became the first Briton to complete a spacewalk, as he stepped outside the ISS to replace a faulty electrical component and install cabling with Commander Kopra. The mission was terminated early as a precaution, due to a small amount of water in his American colleague's helmet. Maj Peake has since said the walk was the highlight of his six month mission.

:: January 15

The astronaut appeared in an episode of Show Me Show Me on CBeebies filmed on board ISS, alongside the knitted toy character Miss Mouse. The programme was broadcast as part of the channel's Stargazing series.

:: February 2

Maj Peake played space ping pong while travelling at 17,000 mph on board the ISS - watched by around 300,000 school children. The stunt was part of the Cosmic Classroom event, a live question-and-answer link up between the astronaut and 300 students which was broadcast to schools across the country.

:: February 5

BBC Sport's Six Nations coverage was introduced by Maj Peake, wearing an England rugby shirt, in a message recorded on the ISS. The European Space Agency and BBC fed the Scotland v England match to the ISS so he did not miss out on the action.

:: February 24

Maj Peake made a surprise appearance at the Brit Awards, presenting Adele with the award for global success from space. The singer appeared emotional as she accepted the honour from the astronaut, and said: ``My kid is going to think I'm so cool''.

:: April 24

The British astronaut claimed a new Guinness World Record title for the fastest marathon run in orbit, as thousands of people took part in the London Marathon. Maj Peake completed the course while strapped to a treadmill on the ISS in three hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds. He wished racegoers good luck in a video message as they set off.

:: April 29

Maj Peake became the first person to remotely control a rover robot while orbiting the earth from space. He piloted the ExoMars rover, which is slated for launch in 2018 and will take nine months to reach Mars, through the rocky landscape in a hangar in Stevenage during a two-hour test.

:: April 30

It was announced that Maj Peake would be staying in space for 13 extra days. Mission controllers decided to delay the return of the astronaut and his colleagues to keep the ISS fully manned with six astronauts for as long as possible during the changeover of crews.

:: June 1

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was joined by Maj Peake, Commander Kopra and flight engineer Jeff Williams for the first Facebook Live broadcast in space. The astronauts spoke directly from the ISS, taking questions from the Facebook founder and users of the social network.

:: June 10

Maj Peake set another record when he became the first person to be named in the Queen's Birthday Honours while in space. The astronaut was on board the ISS when he received the call, informing him of his recommendation for Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. After it was publicly announced, he said the award recognised the ``hundreds of dedicated staff'' who had made his mission possible.

:: June 18

The British astronaut is due to return to Earth from the ISS.