Raleigh alumnus Tim Peake prepares for lift-off!

24th November 2015

On December 15th, proud Raleigh alumnus Tim Peake will have the incredible privilege of becoming the first British European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut to visit Space. Tim, who volunteered on a Raleigh expedition to Alaska in 1991, is going through a gruelling round of final training before lift-off to the International Space Station (ISS) next month.

Currently simulating flight conditions in Russia, at the end of the month Tim will arrive at the Russian Space centre in Kazakhstan, where his launch will take place. Whilst on board the ISS, he will be using the unique environment of space to run experiments as well as trying out new technologies for future missions.

We met up with Tim earlier this year to talk about Space, sustainability, and how his experience with Raleigh shaped his path in becoming Britain’s first official ESA Astronaut.

Tim mountain

“The ISS is aiming to be a 100% closed-cycle system, so sustainability is extremely important in all sorts of areas,” said Tim.

“We recycle most of the urine that’s produced on board the space station and most of our sweat and perspiration all goes back into potable drinking water for the crew. We have some very sophisticated systems that do that, and this technology has been used to help to develop systems for clean drinking water back here on earth.”

“The earth is everybody’s responsibility. That’s a message that we need to shout about loud and clear and if we can get that across to younger generations, hopefully that is something that will follow them through the rest of their lives”.

We couldn’t agree more.

Raleigh International is immensely proud to call Tim a member of our alumni family, and thrilled to know that his expedition was a part of his journey. We are excited to share more content from Tim leading up to his launch on December 15th. Stay tuned!

Want to know more about Tim’s journey from Raleigh venturer to Britain’s first ESA Astronaut? You can find read all about it here.