First News - - Science News - by Ed­die de Oliveira

BRI­TISH as­tro­naut Tim Peake has an­nounced he will re­turn to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) for a sec­ond mis­sion with the Euro­pean Space Agency (ESA).

Ma­jor Peake be­came the first Bri­tish as­tro­naut to join an ESA mis­sion when he ar­rived at the ISS in De­cem­ber 2015. He stayed for six months, re­turn­ing to Earth in June 2016. His next mis­sion has not yet been planned, though it is un­likely to take place be­fore 2019.

In an in­ter­view with Sky News, Peake said: “The work that is be­ing done on board the space sta­tion is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant and also tremen­dously ex­cit­ing as well. It is only nat­u­ral to want to re­turn.”

On his first mis­sion, Peake spent a to­tal of 186 days in space, en­joy­ing the spec­tac­u­lar views of Earth be­low but also getting a lot of work done. He took part in more than 250 sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments, went on a space walk with NASA as­tro­naut Tim Ko­pra and even found time to run the Lon­don Marathon on a tread­mill! He also took part in sev­eral ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties with one mil­lion UK school­child­ren.

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