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Stargazing Live to air extra episode on Friday night for Tim Peake's first spacewalk

Britain's most popular astronaut is making a big leap in space – and on TV screens

Published: Tuesday, 12th January 2016 at 1:25 pm

A nation held its breath as he blasted off into space and docked at the International Space Station, so we imagine quite a few viewers will be happy to hear that they'll be able to watch Tim Peake's first spacewalk too.


Stargazing co-host Dara O'Briain took to Twitter this afternoon to reveal that the BBC has cleared a slot in the Friday night schedule to make way for a very special episode of the series, featuring Peake's first stroll through space.

Bloody Queens: Elizabeth and Mary was due to be broadcast on BBC2 at 9pm on Friday night, but it will now make way for Peake's next big leap, and a special appearance by Chris Hadfield, a man who knows how all too well how to capture an audience's imagination in space.

"Find out about the perils that Tim is facing and what is really going on as he carries out time-critical emergency repairs in the dangerous vacuum of space", the official synopsis for the new episode reads.

The International Space Station's official website says that Peake and fellow astronaut Tim Kopra will be replacing a failed voltage regulator which will return power to one of the eight power channels, during Friday's six-and-a-half-hour mission.

Stargazing will be on hand to bring viewers the highlights of the spacewalk, which will take place earlier in the day, starting at 12:55 GMT.


Stargazing Live airs on BBC2 every night this week from 9pm


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