The UK has a long history of exploration, however by 2016, only one astronaut, Helen Sharman, had travelled to space bearing the colours of the UK flag and no Briton had ever experienced the most demanding and perilous experience of spaceflight. That was until one January morning in 2016. Former RAF test pilot, husband and father, Tim Peake, had arrived at The International Space Station (ISS) just weeks before.
When mission control discovered damage to an external power unit, Peake, and fellow astronaut Tim Kopra, were tasked with its repair - a complex undertaking, fraught with danger, which could only be executed during night orbit at 17,000 km per hour.
In 2021, Sky News is marking some of the century’s biggest news events through the personal stories of lives defined by unforgettable moments from the last 21-years.
Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk is episode 15 of the 21-part series StoryCast ’21
Tim Peake: Britain’s first spacewalk was recorded by Tom Gillespie
Writing, production and sound design by Rob Mulhern
Special thanks to Tim Peake and Thomas Moore
Digital by Tom Gillespie
Presented by Jayne Secker
TV treatment, Johnny El-Giathi
Head of Radio, Sky News, Dave Terris
Design and graphics, Brian Gillingham
Social media, Chris Scott
Press and Marketing, Alexandra Horton
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