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Credits: NASA

Undocking – heading home

At 05:52 the Soyuz TMA-19M with Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko separated from the International Space Station and was pushed away by springs in the docking mechanism. It drifted slowly away at a speed of 0.12 m/s...

Closing the hatch. Credits: NASA

Hatch closed

Tim Peake, Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko entered their Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft and closed the hatch to the International Space Station at 02:34 with the Space Station hatch closed one minute later. Long leak-tests await the trio...

Tim’s top 20

The 20 best images taken by ESA astronaut Tim Peake selected by photographer Max Alexander. Tim shared over 400 pictures during his six-month Principia mission on the International Space Station, many from the European-built Cupola observatory. Photography...

The Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft has been waiting patiently for six months to return to Earth. Credits: ESA/NASA

Live: Tim returns to Earth

Watch the return of ESA astronaut Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and Soyuz spacecraft commander Yuri Malenchenko on Saturday, 18 June. After 186 days in space for his Principia mission on the International Space Station, it...

Just before dawn. Credits: ESA/NASA

Max Alexander’s space photography tips for Tim

Ever wonder how Tim takes such amazing pictures from space? Behind all good work is a great teacher: professional photographer Max Alexander has known Tim Peake from before his launch into space, including documenting his Soyuz training...

Soyuz seat check three weeks before departure. Credits: ESA/NASA

Tim’s return to Earth

ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s time on the International Space Station has come to an end. The Soyuz TMA-19M is packed with equipment and Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Tim are set for departure to return to Earth....


Into Space film competition winners

Some great entries to the film shorts competition organised by UK Space Agency and Into Film. Watch them all! The winners were sent to Tim to see in space: Shortlist 12-15: And the 16-19 year age range...

The real thing. #spacerocks patch in space. Credits: ESA/NASA

Spacerocks winners 46-60

Hello all! We’re up to #spacerocks.60 and still generating massive awareness in ESA’s Principia mission. Here are the skilful and knowledgeable winners from the last 15 tweets. Watch out in the next two weeks, because we’re into...

Ride summary

Biking to the ISS and back

Update: and they are off. Follow the progress in real-time and get updates on their blog. ESA employees are set to bike 900 km linking four European Space Agency sites, we let Andrew Herd introduce his project: Traveling on...


Talk with CNN

From the International Space Station, ESA astornaut Tim Peake discussed the accomplishments of his half-year mission on the orbital laboratory, during an interview with CNN International’s Christiane Amanpour on May 24.