Chichester astronaut Tim Peake celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

Chichester astronaut Tim Peake has been celebrated in the Queen's birthday honours for his services to space research and scientific education.

Saturday, 11th June 2016, 9:55 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 1:26 pm
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Major Peake was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15 last year.

He has been working on dozens of experiments for researchers on Earth as he orbits the planet at 28,800 km/h.

Highlights of his scientific roster include growing crystals and blood vessels in space, simulating atomic structures and charting areas in the brain as they adapt to stressful situations.

He has also been in constant contact via social media, revealing his music playlist, sending back photos of the planet from space and answering the many questions posed by his followers.

Major Peake was awarded a companion of the order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his work on the space station and contributions to scientific education.

Also recognised in the honours was forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera has joined the elite Companions of Honour in recognition of her services to entertainment and charity.

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