41 Year Old Pilot Set For Space As Briton’s First Official Astronaut

Category: Technology / May 20, 2013 3:05PM EDT


Tim Peake has been chosen from over 8,000 applicants to become one of six astronauts to fly to the International Space Station in 2015: He is a 41 year old pilot, and will be the pride of his nation as he is the first official British astronaut:


"I truly am delighted. It is a huge surprise firstly, to be assigned. I'm actually delighted to be assigned and I really am looking forward to the challenge ahead. It is going to be a busy two-and-a-half years. On a personal level, it will probably require a family move over to Houston and I think also my feeling of delight for the mission are obviously mixed with obviously concerns about my family, which is natural as a father with two small children. But overall, I'm absolutely delighted and really am looking forward to the challenge ahead."


Peake served as a pilot for the Army for many years boasting an aviation career that spans 18 years. He was also chosen as European Space Agency astronaut in 2009 and finished his initial training for the role in 2010. The chosen astronauts are expecting to blast off into space from a launch site in Kazakhstan in November 2015

Video Courtesy Of Reuters