New Year message from outer space!
A MESSAGE from space will welcome in the New Year for revellers at Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay street party.
British astronaut Tim Peake will send the message from the International Space Station, beaming onto screens at the event just before midnight tonight.
As many as 75,000 revellers from more than 80 countries are expected to attend the street party, enjoying entertainment across four stages and seven screens along the length of Princes Street.
Former Army Air Corps officer and helicopter test Major Peake, 43, is the first Briton aboard the space station and the first fully British professional astronaut employed by a space agency.
Major Peake was recruited and trained by the ESA.
The decision to send him into space came after the UK Government started to contribute funds to Esa’s ISS operations in 2012.
Major Tim Peake