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Tim Peake reveals that he is still on NASA's future lunar space mission


Britain's first man on the moon? Tim Peake reveals that he is still in the picture for NASA's second lunar mission

  • Peake would be the first British person to walk on the moon if elected
  • NASA's Artemis program will land on the moon for the first time since 1972
  • The space agency plans to land the first woman and next man in 2024
  • The astronaut Eugene Cernan was the last one on the moon to command Apollo 17

Astronaut Tim Peake has said he hopes to embark on a second mission in space and become the first British man to step on the moon.

He said his name was still on a manned mission to the moon that NASA would conduct in the coming years.

The former Army major said NASA's upcoming missions to the moon would initially only involve Americans, but British astronauts could participate on future trips.

Astronaut Tim Peak has spoken about how he hopes to be the first British man to set foot on the moon in NASA's upcoming lunar missions

NASA's Artemis program plans to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. This would be the first manned visit since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

The last person on the moon was the commander of the Apollo 17 mission, Eugene Cernan, who traced his only child's initials in the dust before climbing the ladder of the lunar module for the last time.

Should Peake leave footprints on the moon, he would be the oldest person to do the landing, breaking the record of the American Alan Shapard, who walked the surface at the age of 47.

Speaking to headlining podcast Peake (48), he said: “We are an integral part of the return to the lunar program. It's called Artemis.

& # 39; The European Space Agency is building the service module that will bring the Orion spacecraft back to the moon.

“On the first return to the moon, we probably won't have Europeans, that's probably two Americans – a man and a woman.

& # 39; But yes later. At some point we will have Europeans who will be part of these missions. So who knows … I mean my name is still in the frame and I hope to have a second mission. We have to wait and see. & # 39;

The last man on the moon was Eugene A. Cernan, pictured on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972

The last man on the moon was Eugene A. Cernan, pictured on the moon as part of the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972

Cernan, the last man on the moon, traced his only child's initials in the dust before climbing the lunar module ladder for the last time

Cernan, the last man on the moon, traced his only child's initials in the dust before climbing the lunar module ladder for the last time

Peake was only the second astronaut to fly the United Kingdom flag when he ventured to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in December 2016.

He ran the London Marathon on the ISS treadmill and was the first British astronaut to take part in a spacewalk outside the space station, returning to Earth in June 2016.

When asked by podcast host Nihal Arthanayake, 49, about space politics, Peake said, “It is possibly one of the greatest achievements of the International Space Station – more than scientific research – this international collaboration that has managed to come together for over 20 years.

Peake was only the second astronaut to fly the United Kingdom flag when he ventured to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in December 2016.

Peake was only the second astronaut to fly the United Kingdom flag when he ventured to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in December 2016.

Pictured: Buzz Aldrin peeks through his space helmet while standing on the moon after being the second person to stand on the lunar surface - the first being Neil Armstrong to take this picture

Pictured: Buzz Aldrin peeks through his space helmet while standing on the moon after being the second person to stand on the lunar surface – the first being Neil Armstrong to take this picture

& # 39; The space community is almost overcoming political differences. The people who taught me and the people I lived and worked with … our lives are interdependent.

"We cannot allow political differences to stand in the way."

Peake, of Chichester, West Sussex, is married to wife Rebecca and the couple have two sons, Oliver and Thomas.

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