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First Briton arrives on International Space Station

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 00:52

A Soyuz spacecraft successfully delivered a Russian, an American and a Briton to the International Space Station. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Astronaut Tim Peake became the first British national to reach the International Space Station on Tuesday (December 15). "That first sunrise was absolutely spectacular and we also got the benefit of a moonrise," Peake said of his trip to the International Space Station. Alongside Peake were Yuri Malenchenko, a veteran of long-duration space flights who is on his fourth space mission, and astronaut Tim Kopra. Kopra and Peake are both former Apache military helicopter pilots. Peake, age 43, is on a six-month mission for the European Space Agency (ESA). He became the first astronaut representing the British government and wearing a Union Jack flag on his arm. The first Briton in space was Helen Sharman, who traveled on a Soviet spacecraft for eight days in 1991. Peake heard from his wife Rebecca during a media event shortly after arriving on the ISS. Rebecca Peake told her husband "Everybody sends their love." He responded with a wave and by making a thumbs up sign, and added, "Thank you very much and love to everybody back home."

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First Briton arrives on International Space Station

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 00:52