How exciting for Major Tim Peake, who is heading off to the International Space Station in the next couple of years.
He’ll be the first Brit to do so – with the intention of, among other things, inspiring a generation of children to take up science.
But the stark reality of what it must be like up there – cramped conditions living with other people and no way of escape – takes me back to a caravanning holiday I once had.
However much I might want to go off this planet sometimes, the thought of being cooped up with no way out and no fresh fruit, no sneaky chocolate trips to the One-Stop etc is a scary one.
So I’ve decided it’s just as well I’m too old to be inspired into retraining as an astronaut.