Tim Peake tweets spacewalk selfie2 min read

UK astronaut Tim Peake described his first walk in space as “exhilarating”, as he posted photos – including a selfie – of the feat on Twitter.

Tim Peake's selfie showed his camera in the reflection of his helmet

Tim Peake’s selfie showed his camera in the reflection of his helmet

It will “be etched in my memory forever – quite an incredible feeling,” said Peake, the first astronaut representing the UK to carry out a spacewalk.

He and US colleague Tim Kopra were outside the International Space Station (ISS) for four hours and 43 minutes.

But their spacewalk was cut short after water leaked into Col Kopra’s helmet.

The pair had already replaced a failed electrical box, which was their main objective.

After they returned and were safely inside with the outer airlock hatch closed, Major Peake thanked mission controllers: “You guys did a great job.”

Later on Friday night, he posted two tweets, two hours apart.

tim peake tweet

His first included three photographs and by Saturday morning it had had more than 9,000 retweets and 18,000 likes.

It included a selfie that showed his camera in the reflection of his helmet.

 

Maj Peake tweeted three photographs of the historic spacewalk

Maj Peake tweeted three photographs of the historic spacewalk

 

He is on a six-month mission to the space station for the European Space Agency

He is on a six-month mission to the space station for the European Space Agency

A later tweet from Maj Peake tweet said: “Wrapping up today’s spacewalk activities. Huge thanks to the ground teams who make it all possible & keep us safe out there – you guys rock!”

His parents later spoke of their excitement at watching their son fulfil a long-term ambition.

“We are absolutely thrilled. This is a proud day,” his mother Angela said.

Before the spacewalk, the couple said they had watched the ISS fly over their home in the West Sussex village of Westbourne.

“It was a brilliant pass in clear blue skies… it seems quite surreal that your son is up there,” his father Nigel Peake said.

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Sebastien Clarke

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