Portsmouth astronaut Tim Peake tweets of his excitement of upcoming spacewalk

Tim Peake is excited about his first spacewalk next week
Tim Peake is excited about his first spacewalk next week

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PORTSMOUTH’S very own astronaut Tim Peake has been suiting up in preparation to become the first British person to do a spacewalk.

Tim posted a picture on his Twitter account last night showing how he was getting his space suit ready in preparation for the cosmic walk, which is just days away.

He and fellow Nasa astronaut Tim Kopra, will venture outside the International Space Station (ISS) on January 15 on a mission to replace a failed voltage regulator.

The mechanical device failed on November 13, last year, compromising one of the station’s eight power channels.

The unit is relatively simple to replace and can be removed by undoing a single bolt, the European Space Agency said.

Once the task is completed, the spacewalking duo will launch a series of cables in advance of new docking ports which will be fitted for commercial vehicles from the US.

Writing on Twitter, the British astronaut – who was a former student at the University of Portsmouth – said he was ‘thrilled’ to be assigned the role, adding: ‘We ‘built’ my spacesuit today – sized to perfection & looking good! Fit check early next week.’

Tim’s spacewalk is scheduled to start at 12:55pm on January 15 and last for six-and-a-half hours.