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Astronaut Peake 'enjoying show' after tricky landing

By Staff Reporter

Britain's star astronaut, Tim Peake, has celebrated a safe arrival on board the International Space Station despite a rocky landing.

On approach, the automatic docking system failed, requiring quick thinking from his Russian co-pilot.

Tweeting from aboard the satellite after successfully boarding, Major Peake said: "Hi from #ISS! What an incredible ride to space yesterday - Soyuz felt so smooth & powerful.

"Yuri did outstanding job getting us safely docked."

Commander Yuri Malenchenko had overridden the automated docking system after the craft plotted a bad approach.

Earlier, Major Peake (43) enjoyed a perfect rocket launch watched by his family. A Russian Soyuz FG rocket blasted the astronauts into a clear sky over the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11.03am GMT on Tuesday, precisely on time.

In a live link to family and friends viewing the drama on a cinema screen in a Baikonur theatre, he said: "It was a beautiful launch, 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."

His wife Rebecca told him: "There were quite a few parties down on the ground, so your launch was well celebrated by everybody down here. Have a great mission. We love you."

During his six-month mission, called Principia - in homage to Sir Isaac Newton's ground-breaking text on gravity and motion - he will take part in some 265 experiments and engage with schools throughout the UK.

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