What have you done today? Maybe a little Christmas shopping? Some household chores?
Well, for Time Peake, the first official British Astronaut, today marked the launch of his mission to the International Space Station, where he’ll be based for six months.
His rocket, the Soyuz space capsule, departed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan – the same place where Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space in 1961.
In 1958, Souvenir Press published the first book on Sputnik and the race into space.
Sputnik into Space by M Vassiliev, with Prof. V.V. Dobronravov, included interviews with all the people involved in the project, including Soviet scientists and their views on Sputniks and construction problems.
A truly fascinating read for a historic day in British space travel!