University of Portsmouth graduate and now British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake has tweeted a picture of the South East from space.
Peake, who launched into space on 15th December is sending regular twitter updates from the International Space Station (ISS) to his 300,000 followers.
Peake graduated from UoP in 2006 with a BSc in flight dynamics and evaluation.
The University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation created a video wishing their former student good luck. To mark the launch date of December 15th, messages of support were recorded in 15 different languages including Hindi, Slovenian, Greek, French and Japanese.
The launch in Kazakhstan at 11:30am GMT was celebrated across the UK as millions of people watched the live feed.
The 43 year old successfully boarded the International Space Station at 5:34pm GMT.
The six month long expedition, called Principia, will see Peake participating in around 265 experiments and completing maintenance work on the International Space Station.
The ISS is a microgravity laboratory in which Peake and six crew members will live and work whilst travelling at a speed of five miles per second, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes.
In an interview with The Portsmouth News, the British astronaut’s father, Nigel Peake, from Chichester, said: ‘We’re not worried at all. We’ve been following his training and know how thorough it is, so we don’t have any fears. I’m more worried about him driving home on the M27. That’s far more dangerous, believe me, than going up there.’
The Guildhall was host to the National Astronomy Meeting last year, where Peake took questions via a Skype call from a 400 strong audience. It is said to have been University of Portsmouth’s largest conference to date.
Peake is an ambassador for UK science and space-based careers. He is working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK’s microgravity research programme.