The third brightest object in the sky
In December, the first British European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, will be heading to the International Space Station on the five-month-long Principia mission. Along with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra, he will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to join the international team on board humanity’s outpost in space. Three of the currently-serving crew will transfer back to Earth as the new members take up their duties, maintaining the station’s permanent staff of six.
It’s hard not to envy the experiences Tim is about to have, but happily we can keep an eye on him from here on Earth.
Read more in our article for the Guardian by our astronomer Edward Bloomer here.