Confidence : “The International Space Station is going to be expanded, and the crew increased from three to six, so that is also a possibility.”
Tim, of Salisbury, Wilts, got his Army Air Corps wings in 1994, becoming a test pilot and helicopter reconnaissance pilot.
He added: “Over my career I’ve flown more than 30 different types of aircraft. I’ve had engines fail, rotor control problems and all sorts of emergencies, but this has given me the confidence to react calmly — which is useful in this career.”
Tim, who has a baby son with wife Rebecca, was one of 8,500 applicants for the space programme. Just six made it through after months of medicals, exams and tests.
ASTRONAUTS aboard the International Space Station yesterday toasted a scientific breakthrough . . . with drinking water produced from their recycled WEE.
A new system collects the crew’s urine from the toilet and moves it to a huge tank where it is boiled.
Water vapour is collected, mixed with SWEAT collected from condensation in the air, then filtered ready for drinking.
The three-man crew raised their drinking bags and congratulated Nasa engineers who worked on the money-saving system, which will help provide water for outposts on the moon and Mars. US astronaut Michael Barratt said: “The taste is great."