Tim Peake: Life in space is ‘absolutely spectacular’
18 December 2015
From the section Science & Environment
Media captionAstronaut Tim Peake explains what surprised him the most in space, and how he takes a shower
UK astronaut Tim Peake says his first three days in space have been better than he imagined.
Speaking from the International Space Station, he said life in orbit “was absolutely spectacular”.
He arrived at the space platform on Tuesday after blasting off from Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket.
During a live link-up, he did a backwards somersault and said he was surprised how quickly his body had adapted to weightlessness.
Answering questions from reporters at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, he said the first two hours had been “pretty rough” and he had been feeling “disorientated and dizzy”.
How dark space is
“But I am amazed how quickly my body has adapted,” he added.
“On my second day I woke up feeling ready to go to work and I have had no problems since.”
Media captionTim Peake ‘not mastered space somersault’
The first professional British astronaut said the most unexpected thing was “the blackness of space”.
Source:: BBC UK