Astronaut Tim Peake in training
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UK astronaut Tim Peake to go to International Space Station

20 May 2013 Last updated at 18:36 BST

The UK astronaut Tim Peake says he is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to go to the International Space Station (ISS).

The UK astronaut told BBC News it was a "huge privilege" and the culmination of everything he had worked for during his aviation career.

A former major and helicopter pilot in the British Army Air Corps, Tim Peake will join Expedition 46 to the ISS, launching in November or December 2015.

David Shukman reports.