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Tim Peake retires as an astronaut


British spaceman Tim Peake has announced his retirement as an astronaut.

The 50-year-old from Chichester, who in 2016 carried out the first ever spacewalk by an ‘official’ British astronaut, said it had been ‘the most extraordinary experience’ but that he would now be assuming an ambassadorial role for space.

A former British Army Air Corps helicopter pilot, Major Peake was selected as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut in 2009 and spent six months onboard the International Station Station between 2015 and 2016.

He was Britain’s first ever government-funded astronaut and the first person since Helen Sharman in 1991 to wear the Union flag in space.

Hanging up his space suit: Britain's Tim Peake has announced his retirement as an astronaut

Hanging up his space suit: Britain’s Tim Peake has announced his retirement as an astronaut

The 50-year-old from Chichester, who in 2016 carried out the first ever spacewalk by an 'official' British astronaut, said it had been 'the most extraordinary experience' but that he would now be assuming an ambassadorial role for space

The 50-year-old from Chichester, who in 2016 carried out the first ever spacewalk by an ‘official’ British astronaut, said it had been ‘the most extraordinary experience’ but that he would now be assuming an ambassadorial role…



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