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.