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Watch Tim Peake address the world LIVE from the International Space Station

Major Tim Peake is to speak to Earth in a live broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS) today.

The first fully British astronaut to be sent into space, Major Peake, 43, Russian Commander Yuri Malenchenko and US astronaut Tim Kopra, have joined the station's team of three for the next six months.

Major Peake entered the station with a huge smile on his face as the full crew of six joined in front of the camera to listen to congratulatory messages from family members and space travel experts watching from the ESA in Baikonur.

The first to "step" on board the station, Major Peake said of the journey: "It was a beautiful launch," and added: "that sunrise was absolutely spectacular. We also got the benefit of a moon rise which was beautiful to see.

"To Europe and the UK, I hope you enjoyed the show."

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