Our patron: UK Astronaut Tim Peake

We are very proud that UNSA’s patron is the British and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake, who flew to the International Space Station in November 2015 where he lived and worked as a scientist for six months.

As well as being an astronaut Tim is a husband, a father to two young boys and his hobbies include skiing, climbing, running, flying and quantum physics.

This page is your One Stop Window to all the latest news on Tim. Scroll down for all the latest updates from Tim’s Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube feeds.

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Tim Peake shared NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration's photo.

Thanks to the amazing team of engineers and scientists that built, launched, landed and operated this robust little rover in such hostile conditions on Mars for 15 years. #ThanksOppy for the science, discoveries and inspiration.
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Today, we're saying #ThanksOppy as the Mars Exploration Rovers mission comes to an end. Here are six things to know about our record-breaking, discovery-making, marathon-driving rover, which found that ancient Mars was awash in water... and a selection of the best images it sent back to Earth: go.nasa.gov/2N4LUvw

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Rip oppy

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Andrea Kathryn Laura Jane Gemma Louise

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A life well lived

3 days ago
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Not bad for something that had a life expectancy of 90 days #ThanksOppy

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Just amazing! 15 years trundling around Mars! Mega congratulations to all involved in such an amazing project!

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You mean Greenland?

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Raymond Daly

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Is that a mini tornado/vortex?

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Great images :-) well done Oppy !!

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Brilliant photo 🌪

3 days ago
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You can send Opportunity a postcard/message here mars.nasa.gov/participate/postcard/opportunity-rover/

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It lasted a lot longer than expected well done 😀

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What an achievement!

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Amazing. I'm due to run a space themed sleepover for Beaver scouts. Last did this in 2016 when it featured Tim heavily - including a life-sized print-out of Tim - I can't find the file online anymore - do you know where I can find the life-sized Tim file?

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Really strange I was only talking to 2 little girls at school yesterday about oppy, about the lack of life sustaining water on Mars and this little machine showing us the evidence of this. Over and out oppy.

2 days ago
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It's what they call a dust devil you can get them here on earth as well

3 days ago
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* Only commenting because I'm disappointed I've been demoted from 'No.1 Fan' to 'Valued Commenter' 😂 *

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A truly awesome achievement in every way!

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I’m never sure about polluting planets we don’t actually live on. Maybe we will collect it one day but there is far too much space junk out there.

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In 100 years that will be back on earth!

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Keeping an eye on Curiosity 😉

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Kernow astronomers I wonder if any of the young folk we were chatting to last night will be adding to this in their future lives :) somebodies got to do it :)

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15 years was amazing when the mission, originally, was for 90 days.

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This is becoming a sad story. You give it a name and humanise it, send it on a mission for 90 days and fifteen years later (that's amazing) it just runs out. maybe I've watched too many kids sci fi and Disney films or my blood sugar is running low.

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#GYATM and bring a duster.

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Honoured to announce the name of the ESA #ExoMars rover at Airbus Space today and a very fitting tribute to a great British scientist: Rosalind Franklin.

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We were speaking with a little friend yesterday : HE wants to be THE first british to walk on Mars when he's grown up and an astronaut. Well, he's just got one little problem : he'd like to take his horse along... Incredible jobs you have astronauts and teams who work with you !

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Tim, are you losing weight?

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Why do I have the sudden urge to rewatch 'Capricorn One'?

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Makes up for not getting her name on the Nobel prize. A great way to acknowledge her contribution.

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I just saw the news on BBC, congratulations on a fitting name. Best of luck to all the team involved.

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Wow! Very smart bit of kit Tim and love the name I bet she will be looking forward to Traveling to Mars

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Hi Tim just read your book great read thanks

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Great choice of name. Women scientists are being acknowledged more and more at last! Well done! 💫

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Wonderful but could the next one perhaps honour a woman engineer?

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Excellent name choice. She was most definitely the catalyst for Watson and Crick.

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Long past time that she got the recognition which is her due. Well done ESA.

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I hope John Chinner wasn't stalking you there today .... 😉

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Tim you're going to fuel the conspiricy theorists beliefs with that studio photo 😂

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Love the name - odd to see you standing next to 'Rosalind' after we watched her, at school in the Yr 3 & 4 classroom, being put through her paces in Stevenage, like a remote control car by your good self, from the ISS

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Fantastic! She deserves all of the posthumous recognition she can get.

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At long last recognition for Rosalind Franklin.

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…… so glad the rover is named after such a worthy lady...... may the rover exceed and excel like it's name sake … Tim Peake do something about yer shoes lad…… elf shoes are for Christmas or Mr Zulu from Star trek :)

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Is this the same studio where the so called moon landing was filmed? 🤔

1 week ago
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Brilliant choice of name. Well done ESA 👏

1 week ago
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Tim, This is fantastic news, will watch with interest.

1 week ago
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That thing looks good!as dus your shoes;)gonna get stuck soon am afraid, look at those tinytinylittle weels!😋

1 week ago
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Was she overlooked for a share of the Nobel prize because she was female? I believe her work discovered the helical nature of DNA.

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I can't help wondering if Alan Turing wouldn't have been a more appropriate name :)

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Not sure that's Mars-appropriate footwear you've got on there Tim... :P Rosalind's got the right idea though... Looks good!

1 week ago
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Love it. Named for a female scientist.

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