This morning it was announced at the Science Museum that the British astronaut Time Peake will be returning to the International Space Station (ISS) soon, tasked with conducting new scientific research on the station with the European Space Agency (ESA).
They have not revealed specific timing about the mission that he will be joining, however, the UK government has said that this timing will be “confirmed by the ESA in line with normal mission selection protocol.”
— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) January 26, 2017
Currently, NASA has four ISS-bound expeditions planned, although it is unclear if Peake will join one of these missions, or will be part of a future mission.
Peake first left Earth back in December 2015 alongside the NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, after which he began his six-month stay on the ISS, becoming the first UK citizen astronaut to do so in over 20 years.
This comes as part of the UK’s €1.4 billion commitment to the ESA over the next four years, with plans for investment into space and the “continued expansion of British satellite technology businesses” according to the UK government.
Alongside this news, London’s Science Museum has put the Russian capsule on show in the museum, showing off the Soyuz TMA-19M in the hopes that it will inspire future generations.
It has been refurbished, however, the marks of re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere are still viewable.