The UK’s first official astronaut, Tim Peake, says he is “well prepared” as his December launch date approaches.
Speaking during a live link-up with a primary school in London, he also said he was “immensely proud” to be wearing the Union Flag.
Major Peake added that he was now into the final phase of training, in which he was focusing on the essentials.
He said astronaut training had been rigorous and involved retaining immense quantities of information.
Tim Peake is the first Briton to be selected as an astronaut for the European Space Agency, through a route backed by the UK government.