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Tim Peake's blast-off to space: 'A life time ambition'

On December 15th astronaut Tim Peake will head into space on-board the Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan. While it only takes 8 minutes and 48 seconds to get into space, it took years of training to prepare for the trip.

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The day has come! British astronaut has begun his Principia mission after successful lift-off in Russian Soyuz rocket.

For the special occasion, today, millions of schoolchildren left their lessons today to watch Major Tim Peake become the first British astronaut in space. At his former school, Chichester High School for Boys, children gathered to watch him set off while cheering with joy.

Tim Peake’s physics teacher said that Tim was a bright, hard-working and charming student. Also, he was an excellent team player even as a child, and he was, of course, great at physics.

The Prime Minister joined the ‘best of luck’ wave and put out a video for Tim after he left the ground.

While standing in front of a poster saying Science is Great, Mr. Cameron said, "Tim, I know you have been dreaming of this day for a long time, and we will be with you every step of the way, watching with admiration and wonder.

"So on behalf of everyone in Britain, let me wish you the very best of luck. You are doing us proud."

Also in Edinburgh, children gathered to watch the mission at the National Museum of Scotland.