A long distance call to remember: Tim Peake speaks to his family
Quote Message: 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. from Tim Peake UK astronaut
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.
Tim Peake and his ISS companions hear from friends and family
A phone is being passed around the cinema packed with well-wishers in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, near where the Soyuz rocket first lifted off this morning.
The International Space Station Crew - now expanded by three - is listening in.
BreakingThe hatch is open! Three new crew members welcomed to the ISS
Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra are all safely on board the International Space Station.
Not a bad view while they wait...
We just got this glimpse, from another external camera on the ISS, of the round window that was next to Tim Peake while the Soyuz made its ascent.
The craft is now very safely docked at the International Space Station - as you can see in the photo...
"These things do sometimes take time," say the European Space Agency commentators.
"Sometimes it's faster, sometimes it's slower."
Waiting for a slow download?
Nasa astronaut Chris Hadfield, speaking on Stargazing Live (watch using the "Live Coverage" tab above) speculated that perhaps the Soyuz crew - Tim Peake and his two companions - were trying to download all the data from their capsule before shutting it down.
This might be important if they want to troubleshoot and understand more about the issues they encountered at docking - but, of course, this is simply speculation.
The hatch is open on the Space Station side
...but we're still waiting for the Soyuz capsule to open the door on its side.
Meanwhile, theories are beginning to come forward about what we're waiting for...
Still waiting for the all clear...
Discussions are continuing in Russian on the audio from mission control - and everybody is keen to see the new crew members arrive as soon as possible!
Family and friends watch on from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
Fresh from the launch this morning, well-wishers are gathered in a cinema in Baikonur, waiting to watch the moment of ingress...
A welcoming party gathers on board
The Soyuz craft, docked snug and tight
Adjustments and checks are being done inside - but here's the Soyuz craft seen from an external camera on a different part of the International Space Station:
Just a few minutes from ingress...
In the meantime - look back at some of the nifty steering manoevres made by the crew as they approached the Space Station earlier:
Using the tabs above you can now watch Dara O Briain and Prof Brian Cox hosting a special edition of Stargazing Live, "Brit in Space".
Right now, they're talking to ISS veteran Commander Chris Hadfield about how Tim Peake will be feeling.
Not great, apparently.
And he might take a few days to get used to floating around...
Quote Message: We need to give him a little while before he get adapted. from Chris Hadfield Nasa astronaut
We need to give him a little while before he get adapted.
Minutes from ingress - watch live coverage now
Use the "Live Coverage" tab above to watch live footage as we wait for Tim Peake and his fellow crew members to enter the International Space Station.
You can watch the stream from the European Space Agency (Esa) or the BBC News Channel.
We're having some technical problems with the live stream of BBC Two's Stargazing Live special - for which we apologise.
Esa director: Manual docking 'happens once in a while'
Science editor, BBC News website, Baikonur
Tim Peake's successful docking at the ISS means that five out of the six European space agency astronaut class of 2009 have now flown into space.
I asked Thomas Reiter, director of human space flight at ESA, and a former astronaut, what it meant.
"It's a great success. In 2009, we would never have thought that we would have been and to fly them all in five years... Tim contributed to that by doing such a good job during his training.
2I think the way he is communicating is excellent. We are all really proud of him."
On the frequency of a manual docking of the Soyuz, he said: "I cannot tell you any statistics, but it happens every once in a while. Commanders are always very happy when it happens because one of the last tasks a crew has to rehearse here in Baikonur before launch is a manual docking.
"It's not just the commanders doing it, the whole crew needs to work together. Despite all the automated technology, when something goes wrong humans fly it in manually.
"That's a good sign I think for the interactions between humans and the systems on board."
Stick around, says the European Space Agency
With a few minutes to go until the crew make their way weightlessly onto the space station, Esa tweets:
And don't forget you'll be able to watch another Stargazing Live special, "Brit in Space", right here on this page from 19:00 GMT.
Relive the launch in a 360-degree video...
This format works best on a smartphone or tablet - you can tilt the screen (or click and drag if you're on a desktop) to look around.
I caught up with David Parker, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, and asked him what Tim's successful launch meant for Britain.
He said: "It's massive for the UK space agency. It's the thing we've been working for and dreaming about for a very long time. It signals the UK rejoining the whole of the international space community."
Mr Parker was also excited thinking of the impact on young people:
Quote Message: It's fantastic to have kids all around the country watching this and... hopefully dreaming big dreams."
It's fantastic to have kids all around the country watching this and... hopefully dreaming big dreams."
On whether the UK could sustain its involvement in human space flight beyond Tim's mission, he it was "too early" to say for sure.
"It's certainly what we'd like to happen. We need to see the impact from this project.
"As well as Tim's mission, there's the science that's going to happen on the space station even after Tim comes back - and there's technology being built in the UK that will go on the ISS in a few years' time."
'A very interesting and unusual docking procedure'
Here's the moment the Soyuz capsule, with its three crew members on board, finally acheived "capture" at the ISS.