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Tuesday 20 March 2018

#AskTim - Astronaut Tim Peake answers your burning questions live from space

British astronaut Major Tim Peake on board the International Space Station
British astronaut Major Tim Peake on board the International Space Station
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Astronaut Tim Peake is conducting a live interview from space this afternoon to answer all your burning questions.

The British man arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15, after travelling into space from a cosmodrome in Kazahkstan.

He is set to remain on board the ISS until June before returning to Earth.

The exclusive interview from Sky News begins at 1.30pm - and viewers can email or send in their queries via the Twitter hashtag #AskTim.

"We do get space weather. We pass through space weather for example, the aurora, which can be extremely beautiful and amazingly bright at times," Peake answered Peta Stuart-Hunt who tweeted her question.

"Inside the Space Station we maintain a pretty constant atmosphere - about the same pressure as earth and about 21C and steady humidity as well."

Peake is no stranger to social media and public interaction as he has previously conducted Q&A blogs and regularly posts stunning videos and pictures from space to his official account @astro_timpeake 

Tim has just reached his first 100 days in space. Among his most challenging events, he said the space walk was right up there.

"We’re so well trained for these event we take them all in our stride, just let the training take over," said Tim via live link.

But there are things that he is missing such as fresh air and being outdoors - and also the colour green.

"We don't have the colour green on the Space Station," he said.

Last weekend, the six astronauts at the ISS received an early Easter treat with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments.

Saturday's delivery came via a swan - Orbital ATK's Cygnus capsule, named after the swan constellation, which rocketed away from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday night.

Nasa astronaut Timothy Kopra used the station's robot arm to grab the cargo carrier, as the two craft soared 250 miles above the Indian Ocean.

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