The rocket that will carry astronaut Tim Peake has arrived at its launch pad.
The Soyuz launcher was transported almost 2 km to its launch pad. The area was known as Site No. 1. Tim Peake, the astronaut hailing from the UK will be making his journey to outer space in this rocket.
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He will have the American astronaut Tim Kopra and the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko aboard his flight to the ISS. The journey will last approximately 6 hours. At the end of the trip, the three will dock at the ISS.
The various relatives, friends and family of the astronauts were gathered at the site which is in Kazakhstan to bid them farewell. As the rocket was rolled out and lifted onto its hangar, one thing caught the attention of the crowd.
This was that it was the same site from which Yuri Gagarin, the first man to reach space in 1961, blasted off in a rocket. Tim Peake’s parents, Angela and Nigel were there.
His mother, Angela spoke of how it felt absolutely fantastic to be there for her son’s launch and that she was mighty proud of him. As for Nigel, he spoke of how his son Tim was raring to go.
He told BBC that Tim was trained, ready and happy. Nigel did mention that he was a little awed by the size and dimensions of the whole operation.
A German, Alexander Gerst, was also selected alongside Tim Peake. He has said that he met Tim yesterday and he also spoke of how Tim seemed to be in high spirits and eagerly anticipating his journey.
Furthermore, Gerst said that it was going to be a fabulous journey and he was almost kind of jealous of Tim. Gerst even told Tim that if he had an extra seat or two in the rocket he, Gerst, would like to accompany Tim on his journey.
The weather was freezing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome as the rocket was hauled into position. The shutters were opened to the sounds of awe from the crowd.
As the Soyuz rocket stood in all its gorgeousness and glory, the resounding gush-worthy response from the people gathered at the spot said it all.
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The launch will be taking place soon and it can be seen live. Also as Tim Peake docks at the ISS, the footage may also be observed by those interested in the launch.