ASTRONAUT Major Tim Peake has communicated with his friends and family from space for the first time.
The ex-Army helicopter pilot from Westbourne, near Emsworth, boarded the International Space Station at around 8pm tonight after a six and a half hour journey from Earth.
On contact with his family back on earth, Maj Peake said: ‘It was a beautiful launch.
‘That first sunrise was absolutely spectacular - and we also got a moonrise on the first orbit as well. It was beautiful to see.’
His mum Angela said: ‘I think you will call today a spectacular day in the office.’
Maj Peake responded by saying: ‘I think we had a great day in the office, that’s for sure.’
He also communicated with his dad Nigel and his wife Rebecca, who were in a packed cinema in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, near where the Soyuz rocket first lifted off this morning.