British astronaut Tim Peake “ve been through” a gruelling round of final educate before liftoff to the International Space Station next month.
Here at Russia’s Star City centre near Moscow, he and two fellow astronauts endured 3 hour in a Soyuz simulator this morning.
Dressed in spacesuits, the three men clambered into the tiny capsule for a rehearsal of the end of their mission.
This is when the crew uncouple from the ISS and descend back to Earth.
Just before the exercise began, I suggested to Tim Peake that he appeared far more sombre than “hes having” during a big media day in London last week where reference is seemed to enjoy fielding light-hearted questions.
“It is a serious business, ” he told, sitting on the steps leading to the spacecraft.
“There’s a fun side to space and what we do and the educational programmes we operate but when it comes to actually get into a Soyuz rocket – and the operational tasks that we have to perform – you need to be focused and serious.”
Asked about the greatest challenges during the simulation, he told: “The most difficult thing to deal with is multiple failures.
“If you have just one failure then you can work through it as a crew. But if you have several it’s much harder to keep track of all the problems.”
Tim Peake: Career in brief
Born on 7 April 1972 in Chichester, West Sussex Studied at Chichester High School for Boys, leaving to attend the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst After graduating, he served in the Army Air Corps and flew Apache helicopters Retired from the Army in 2009 and was employed as a senior helicopter test pilot for AgustaWestland Selected as a European Space Agency cosmonaut in May 2009 and completed basic training the following year. Has been training for his six-month mission aboard the International Space Station, scheduled for launching on 15 December 2015 Enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cross-country operating, climbing, and mountaineering, and he is interested in quantum physics and aviation