Sussex astronaut Tim Peake celebrated in Queen’s birthday honours

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Sussex astronaut Tim Peake has broken another record, this time to be the first person honoured whilst in space.

Major Peake, who grew up in Westbourne, was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 15 last year.

He has been working on dozens of experiments for researchers on Earth as he orbits the planet at 28,800 km/h.

The 44-year-old was awarded a companion of the order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to space research and scientific education.

Speaking from the ISS he said: “I am honoured to receive the first appointment to the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George for extraordinary service beyond our planet.”

He said the award was not just for him, and dedicated it to everyone who had made his mission possible.

Highlights of his scientific roster include growing crystals and blood vessels in space, simulating atomic structures and charting areas in the brain as they adapt to stressful situations.

He has also been in constant contact via social media, revealing his music playlist, sending back photos of the planet from space and answering the many questions posed by his followers.

Also recognised in the honours was forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera has joined the elite Companions of Honour in recognition of her services to entertainment and charity.

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