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British astronaut Tim Peake blasts off for space station

John von Radowitz

Published 15/12/2015 | 11:21

Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued by the European Space Agency of Major Tim Peake (left) blasting off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS)
Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued by the European Space Agency of Major Tim Peake (left) blasting off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS)
Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued by the European Space Agency of Major Tim Peake blasting off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS)
Screen grabbed image taken from footage issued by the European Space Agency of Major Tim Peake blasting off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS)
British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko,centre , and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, above, and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome

Major Tim Peake has blasted off into orbit on board the Soyuz space capsule on his way to becoming the first British astronaut to join the crew of the International Space Station (ISS).

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The Russian rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in front of the world's media following weeks of preparation.

Major Peake, 43, is making history as the first fully British professional astronaut to be employed by a space agency.

Images of the launch showed the trail of flames the rocket left in its wake as it sped up into the blue sky, before it became a tiny fleck in the distance.

British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko,centre , and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko,centre , and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

A view of inside the capsule showed the astronauts in their space suits as the rocket lifted off.

Major Peake could be identified by the Union Flag on his sleeve.

British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, above, and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, bottom, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, above, and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gesture close to the rocket prior the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

He smiled at the camera, waved and gave a thumbs up as they sat back in their seats for the journey into space.

British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
British astronaut Tim Peake, member of the main crew of the mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gestures, prior to the launch at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome
From left: British astronaut Tim Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra, members of the main crew of the expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), walk to report to members of the State Committee prior the launch of Soyuz TMA-19M space ship at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome

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