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British astronaut Tim Peake is returning to space on a second mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The mission was confirmed as Russian Soyuz capsule which took Major Peake to the ISS and back to Earth was unveiled at the Science Museum in London.

The next mission has not yet been named or scheduled, and is most likely to happen after 2019.

Major Peake did not hold back his excitement when talking about his return to space: “It’s what every astronaut wants to do.”

“The work that is being done on board the space station is incredibly important and also tremendously exciting as well. It is only natural to want to return.”

Peake became the first British astronaut to travel to space on a European Space Agency mission in December 2015 when he launched into the orbit aboard the Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

During his six months in space Major Peake took part in more than 250 scientific experiments, ran the London marathon on a treadmill and was the first British astronaut to take a walk in space.

Tim Peake’s mission has taken him on about 3000 orbits of earth and covered a distance of 125 million km.

Major Tim Peake was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to space research and scientific education, and was the first person to be honoured while in space.

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