Principia was the name given to ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month mission on the International Space Station to maintain the weightless research laboratory and run scientific experiments for hundreds of researchers on Earth that took place from December 2015 to June 2016.

Tim, Yuri and Tim
Tim, Yuri and Tim

Tim launched from our planet on 15 December 2015 from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz rocket with NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and commander-cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. He returned to Earth with fellow crew mates Tim Kopra and Turi Malenchenko on 18 June 2016 aboard the Soyuz descent module.

A former army helicopter pilot, Tim travelled in the right-hand seat of the capsule. The crew arrived at the Space Station with six other astronauts waiting for them. They shared the Station briefly with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russia’s Mikhail Kornienko, who were finishing the last part of their 11-month stay in space.



Quelle: ESA Publikationen


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