EXPERIENCING zero gravity and simulating a space walk are all in a day’s work for Major Tim Peake.
The Chichester-born astronaut is preparing for a mission on board the International Space Station – and is set to blast off in November 2015.
As part of a Channel 4 series Live From Space, the former Chichester High School pupil has given an insight in to his training, which has been split between the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and Star City in Moscow.
“When you get assigned to a mission, you actually get a gold badge which says astronaut on it,” Major Tim told Channel 4.
He said he was excited about the prospect of a space walk – something he has been training for in the ‘world’s biggest swimming pool’ on replica segments of the ISS.
“It’s very physically and mentally demanding maintaining that level of physical exertion for six hours,” he said.
He has also spent 12 days under the sea off the Florida coast and undertaken isolation training in an Italian cave system.
Major Tim has also had his first taste of zero gravity – plummeting to earth in an aircraft.
Speaking on Live From Space, he said he had been experiencing life on the ISS from a full-scale mock-up in Houston.
“It is a fantastic training facility for really giving us a feel of the hardware we will be using.
“It is also about getting on very well as a crew for a long space of time in a confined space and becoming more involved in the research and the scientific aspects of the mission as well.
“I do have to pinch myself on occasion. Life here can be very ordinary and you suddenly do have to stop to think what you are doing in the grand scheme of things is extraordinary.
“It is just a fantastic journey. I treasure every moment of it.”