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11 Things You Should Know About Tim Peake, Britain's First Astronaut In 20 Years

Major Timothy Peake is the first British citizen to be selected by the European Space Agency. He'll be blasting off for the International Space Station in 2015.

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7. And he has plenty of advice for prospective space travellers: "I often get asked, how did you become an astronaut? For me it was a combination of a passion for flying and a fascination with technology."

8. His decision to join ESA was simple. "It's a unique opportunity in my life to become part of a team that can have such a positive impact on society."

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