Briton Tim Peake blasts off for space

Briton Tim Peake blasts off for space

Media captionThe Soyuz rocket taking Tim Peake to the International Space Station launches into space

The rocket carrying Briton Tim Peake on his landmark flight to the International Space Station has launched from Kazakhstan.

The Soyuz space capsule is carrying Russian Yuri Malenchenko, American Tim Kopra and “Major Peake”, who will spend six months on the station.

The former army pilot is making history as the first official UK astronaut.

Lift off occurred from the launch pad where, in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.

Mr Peake will spend seven months on board the ISS to conduct a programme of scientific experiments and participate in educational activities designed to attract young people into science.

Docking is scheduled to take place at 17:24 GMT (23:24 local time).

Tim Peake Live: latest updates and video from the launch

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