Who is Tim Peake

Tim Peake

Tim attended Chichester High School for boys. During this time he was also a member of the combined cadet force before joining the Army as an Army Air Corps Officer. He has over 3000 flying hours and has flown more than 30 different types of helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.

Tim is married with two sons. Among his leisure activities he enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cross-country running, climbing, mountaineering and he completed the London Marathon in 2006. His interests include quantum physics and aviation. Tim is an ambassador for UK science- and space-based careers and is working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK’s microgravity research programme.

Tim finished his 186-day Principia mission working on the International Space Station for Expedition 46/47 when he landed back on Earth 18 June 2016.

Read Tim’s full biography on the ESA website.



  • Born: 7 April 1972 Chichester England.
  • 1992: graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an officer in the British Army Air Corps
  • 1994: Awarded his Army Flying Wings
  • 1998: Helicopter flying instructor
  • 2006: Helicopter test pilot
  • 2009: Selected as an ESA astronaut
  • 2015: Launched to the International Space Station
  • 2016: Returned from the International Space Station
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