Tim Peake will become the first British astronaut to do a spacewalk, it has been revealed.
He and Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra will venture outside the International Space Station on January 15 to replace a failed voltage regulator.
It comes after another first after he become the first to deliver a ‘God save the Queen’ message directly to the monarch from space.
The astronaut from Westbourne, near Chichester, addressed the Queen in a video message live from the ISS after she sent him her own well-wishes.
In the minute-long video, Maj Peake thanked the Queen and said he hoped his journey would serve as a symbol of ‘international collaboration’ and help make the world a better place.
The ‘humbled’ astronaut concluded his message with what he believed was the first God save the Queen uttered from space.
Floating in front of a camera with a microphone, Maj Peake said: ‘I’m truly honoured to receive Your Majesty’s message. It’s incredible to be able to look at the British Isles from space. Our islands are a special place to me and I hope the next six months will demonstrate to everyone how international collaboration and brave endeavour can change our world for the better.
‘Before I sign off, I’m not sure that this has ever been said in space before, so I’ll be the first: God save the Queen.’