VR training with spacewalk jet pack
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Tim Peake practises using spacewalk rescue jet pack

Tim Peake is to carry out the first ever spacewalk by a British astronaut on 15 January to replace a failed voltage regulator outside the International Space Station (ISS).

Becoming detached is every astronaut's worst nightmare as the space station cannot move to rescue a free-floating crew member - he or she would have to try to get back using a type of jet pack.

Before Major Tim's launch, the Horizon programme filmed as he practised this using virtual reality.

  • 15 Jan 2016
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