Horizon: Tim Peake Special - How to Be an Astronaut

Horizon: Tim Peake Special - How to Be an Astronaut

Series 51



Ahead of British astronaut Tim Peake leaving Earth on Soyuz TMA-19M for the International Space Station, Horizon has access to his training video diary. He guides us around a series of low-key, hi-tech buildings in Moscow, Houston and elsewhere as he prepares, over the course of two years, to take his place on the space station – a job he landed after beating 8,000 other applicants, having previously worked as a helicopter test pilot.

Such a highly disciplined, obsessively focused professional also turning out to be a daring raconteur would be too much to hope for, but Peake talks us pleasantly through the pressures and challenges. Kids who dream of donning a spacesuit will find plenty to sigh at.


A video diary filmed over two years by Tim Peake, who became the first British astronaut to board the International Space Station. His personal footage details some of the risks and pressures he faced, as well as the rigorous training required to go into space, including replicating spacewalks and training for the physical dangers of weightlessness.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Tim Peake
Director Simon Winchcombe
Producer Simon Winchcombe
Series Editor Steve Crabtree
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