When someone on Twitter said the British astronaut must be "gutted" to be leaving Earth days before the long-awaited film was hits theaters, Peake tweeted a reply that has space enthusiasts and “Star Wars” fans everywhere feeling a little envious.
It's Peake's first trip to space. He'll also earn the distinction of being the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station.This will mark Malenchenko's fourth trip to space. Kopra, the American, served at the space station as a flight engineer during Expedition 20.
While in orbit, the astronauts, who will be a part of Expedition 46, will work on various science experiments benefiting life on Earth and others that could have an impact on future long-haul missions in space.
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