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Tim Peake Special: How to Be an Astronaut

Unique behind-the-scenes look at Tim Peake as he prepared to become Britain's first astronaut on board the International Space Station.

Tim Peake was Britain's first astronaut on board the International Space Station. Before he went into space, Tim filmed a video diary for Horizon showing the risks, pressures and rigorous training required to launch into space. Horizon also talks exclusively to his wife and two children as they prepare to wave him goodbye on his voyage to space.

From training in the Soyuz capsule, centrifuges, space station mockups, virtual reality and a huge pool to replicate spacewalks, to dealing with the physical dangers of weightlessness, witnessing his first launch and spending time away from his wife Rebecca and his two sons, this is an intimate portrait and remarkable insight into the world of an astronaut.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 31 May 2018 22:50


Role Contributor
Presenter Tim Peake
Producer Simon Winchcombe
Director Simon Winchcombe
Series Editor Steve Crabtree


  • Sun 13 Dec 2015 20:00
  • Sun 13 Dec 2015 22:00
  • Mon 14 Dec 2015 23:15
  • Wed 15 Jun 2016 04:35
  • Sun 10 Dec 2017 22:30
  • Thu 31 May 2018 22:50

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Tim Peake: How to be an Astronaut is a BBC Horizon special