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TIM PEAKE: ASTRONAUT'S SIGHTS SET ON 'FANTASTIC' VIEW OF EARTH

UK astronaut Tim Peake says the thing he is looking forward to most on his spaceflight is the view of Earth.

Mr Peake was speaking to journalists on the eve of his landmark flight into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He said of seeing our planet from orbit: "I don't think anything can really prepare you for that moment."

On Tuesday, he will head off on his six-month mission on board the International Space Station.

He is set to launch aboard a Russian rocket with fellow crew members Tim Kopra and Yuri Malenchenko.

Mr Peake's first glimpse of the curvature of our planet will be from his seat in the Soyuz crew capsule after it is injected into orbit.

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