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A British Astronaut Is Being Exceptionally British In Space Right Now

If you're British and you get into space, what's the first thing you do? Have tea and a bacon sandwich, obviously.

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And, as any good Briton would do, once he arrived, he ate a bacon sandwich.

What makes a good leader? @StationCDRKelly having a hot bacon sarnie waiting as my 1st meal on #ISS. Boy that tasted good! #Principia

In space you can't cook on a hob, because a frying pan would just float off. Instead they have "food warmers", which look a bit like sandwich toasters.

Space Oven - our suitcase-sized food warmer. Tuck a pouch under the strap, Velcro shut, wait 10 minutes - hot food!

Here's a picture of one Chris Hadfield tweeted in 2012, when he was on the ISS. According to fellow astronaut Sandra Magnus, who was on board the station in 2009, there are two: a Russian-built warmer that's best for cans, and this, an American-built one that works for meal pouches.

Peake, having had his bacon sandwich, then continued on his British theme with a nice cup of tea.

1st 48hrs on #ISS - busy but incredible. Amazing how fast the body adapts to new environment. Found my tea...life is good! #Principia

You can take the boy out of Britain, but you can't take Britain out of the boy, it seems.

For extra Britishness points, he has also been chatting away with the Queen…

Thank you, Your Majesty. I am honoured that you were watching, Ma'am. #Principia @BritishMonarchy https://t.co/Yg5zZS4rQy

…and Elton John.

Thank you! Sorry for late reply. Was already in spacecraft when your message came in (zero hour 9 am). #spacerocks https://t.co/Dr9QHl4u7R

Now he just needs a pint and a cheeky zero-G Nando's and we will have achieved peak Britishness.

UPDATE

Peake says that the tea on the ISS is "surprisingly good", despite it not being made with boiling water – the ISS's water heaters only heat water to 87°C. He uses one pouch as a teapot and decants it into another.

He said during his first press conference from the ISS: "The tea question is very important… I was delighted. I’m enjoying my tea up here."

Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Tom Chivers at tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

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