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The UK has a long history of exploration, however by 2016 only one astronaut, Helen Sharman, had travelled to space bearing the colours of the UK flag and no Briton had ever experienced the most demanding and perilous experience of spaceflight – all until one January morning in 2016.
Former RAF test pilot, husband and father Tim Peake had arrived at the International Space Station just weeks before.
When Mission Control discovered damage to an external power unit, Peake and fellow astronaut Tim Kopra, were tasked with its repair – a complex undertaking, fraught with danger, which could only be executed during night orbit at 17,000kms per hour.
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