Tim Peake anticipates space view of Earth ahead of historic launch

Tim Peake anticipates space view of Earth ahead of historic launch

British astronaut Tim Peake is eagerly looking forward to his first glorious view of Planet Earth seen from space.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of his historic launch to the International Space Station (ISS) tomorrow, he was asked what he was looking forward to most approximately the mission.

He said: "It really has to be the view of Planet Earth.

"I don't think anything can truly prepare you for that moment & that will occur in the Soyuz spacecraft once we obtain injected into orbit I'll be able to look out the right window & see the attractive view of Planet Earth."

He moreover revealed that Christmas had nearly slipped his mind in the hectic run up to the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Speaking alongside his two crew member colleagues from behind a glass partition, he said: "You know, we've been so busy focused on this mission that I kind of forgot Christmas was just over a week away.

"Of course we'll be enjoying the fantastic view of Planet Earth & our thoughts will be with everybody on Earth enjoying Christmas, & with our friends & family, of course.

"We'll thankfully be able to donate them a call on Christmas Day."

"I moreover hear a Christmas pudding went up on Orbital Four (a supply mission to the space station), so we'll have some treats as well."

Major Peake, 43, is the first British astronaut to be sent on a mission to the ISS.

He is moreover the first fully British professional astronaut.

Previous "Brits in space" have either had US or duel citizenship & worked for Nasa or been on privately funded or sponsored trips.

Major Peake is employed by the European Space Agency (ESA) & sports a Union Flag on his sleeve.

He stood & smiled as he was introduced at the press conference to loud applause.

Members of his family, including his parents Nigel & Angela Peake, were in the auditorium along with TV crews, photographers & reporters from all over the world.

Major Peake said he had his colleagues to thank for preparing him psychologically & emotionally for the challenge to come.

He said his intense training, which included living in a cave with other astronauts for seven days & spending 12 days underwater, had moreover played a key role.

He said: "These missions really are analogues & they helped us prepare for space missions, yet more importantly it's the more informal casual discussions with your friends & colleagues who have flown in space.

"That's what really prepares you for what's to come."