Paul McCartney sends message to British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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British Astronaut Tim Peake received messages from various artists, including Paul McCartney, when he reached the International Space Station.

Hey there! Paul McCartney here. Congratulations on your great journey. My family is very excited and I am living your journey vicariously through you. Great stuff, have a brilliant, interesting and peaceful time up there. Enjoy the view!  
All the best,

Paul McCartney – From, December 18, 2015

Tim Peaked thanked him and replied with the following message:

It seems that space and music have something in common when it comes to breaking down barriers – certainly, all the crew on the International Space Station are Beatles fans and were equally delighted when I told them you had written!
With best regards (from somewhere over the Pacific!),


Tim Peake – From, December 18, 2015

From Wikipedia:

Major Timothy Nigel Peake CMG (born 7 April 1972) is a British Army Air Corps officer, European Space Agency astronaut and a former International Space Station (ISS) crew member.

He is the first British ESA astronaut, the second astronaut to bear a flag of the United Kingdom patch (the first was Helen Sharman, who visited Mir as part of Project Juno in 1991), the sixth person born in the United Kingdom to go on board the International Space Station (the first was NASA astronaut Michael Foale in 2003) and the seventh UK-born person in space. He began the ESA’s intensive astronaut basic training course in September 2009 and graduated on 22 November 2010. […]

Peake was launched to the space station (ISS), on 15 December 2015, for Expeditions 46 and 47. He launched successfully at 11:03 GMT from Baikonur Cosmodrome on board Soyuz TMA-19M. The official website dedicated to his mission is

During launch, as per tradition, each cosmonaut was allowed three songs to be played to them. Tim chose Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”, U2’s “Beautiful Day” and Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”.

During docking, the Kurs docking navigation system failed, and a manual docking was performed by Yuri Malenchenko who was alongside Peake and Tim Kopra. This delayed docking with the ISS by 10 minutes. The Soyuz finally docked with the ISS at 17:33 GMT. Peake received messages of support from the Queen and Elton John, after the successful docking. […]

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