Astronaut Tim Peake becomes first to spacewalk under British flag

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Peake was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and successfully completed Astronaut Basic Training in November 2010. Among other duties, he received Eurocom certification, om September 2011 which allows him to be responsible for the communication between the astronauts in orbit and the ground during spaceflights. Peake was appointed as an ambassador for UK Science and space-based careers in 2009 and is involved in working with the UK Space Agency in developing the UK's microgravity research programme. He is currently based at ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany.

European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake stepped outside the International Space Station on Friday, becoming the first to walk in space wearing the British flag.

Peake, 43, was accompanied by U.S. astronaut Tim Kopra on the extravehicular activity (EVA) to replace a failed power regulator, install a valve and attach cables outside of the station, according to the space agency.

The ESA live-tweeted the spacewalk with a blow-by-blow description of the astronaut’s moving along the station’s truss, unbolting the failed regulator and installing its replacement.

The spacewalk was expected to last a little more than six hours, according to the ESA.

While Peake becomes the first astronaut to walk in space as a British astronaut, Michael Foale — a dual U.S. and British citizen — was the first person born in Britain to walk in space in 1995.

Foale, however, was an astronaut for NASA, not the European program.